School Bus Crashes Into House After Sleeping Student Startles Driver

A school bus driver who thought her bus was empty was startled so badly when a sleeping student woke up that she swerved and slammed into a house in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday the 15-year-old girl had fallen asleep and missed her drop-off at the Northwest School of the Arts. The driver was in a neighborhood on her way to pick up students for another bus route when she saw the teenager wake up.

The driver lost control, hit a curb and plowed into the house.

The 81-year-old woman inside the nearly destroyed house, the driver and the student weren't seriously injured.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the driver, whose name hasn't been released, has been suspended with pay after failing to confirm all students had gotten off the bus.