Cleveland High Bus Driver Cited In Crash

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CLAYTON – A Cleveland High School bus driver has been cited by the State Highway Patrol for failure to maintain control after her school bus overturned Monday afternoon injuring 11 students. The accident happened just before 2:30pm on Polenta Road less than a mile from the school campus. No other vehicles were involved.

Troopers said Nikita Holder, age 48, was operating Bus 484 in a line of buses that had just left Cleveland High when she ran off the roadway to the right, overcorrected, and overturned. Officials said there were 31 students on board the bus, slightly higher than originally reported.

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Ten of the students were transported to Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton with minor injuries. One student was transported to WakeMed with moderate injuries. Holder was transported to WakeMed with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The remaining students on the bus were taken back to school where they were reunited with their parents.

Highway Patrol First Sgt. John Collins said speed nor impairment were factors. The posted speed limit is 45mph where the accident occurred.

Polenta Road reopened just before 6:00pm Monday.


  1. This is what happens when you let subs and cafeteria workers, who don’t have a CDL or proper training, drive public transportation.

    • Neither in this article or the article does it state that the driver did not have CDL. Also, subs don’t drive busses. Please stop posting your ill-informed opinions.

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