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What’s the story behind a recent Wave Transit bus accident on McRae Street?

Patrick Gannon

A crash between a car and a Wave Transit bus on McRae Street last Wednesday sent one man to jail and four others to the hospital.

The driver of a GMC Denali ran out of gas and collided at about 3 mph head on with a stopped Wave Transit bus, according to Wilmington police. The Denali driver, Paul Jermaine Thompson, was charged with driving while impaired and failing to operate a vehicle entirely within a single travel lane, police said.

Police said drug impairment was suspected, and a blood sample was taken from Thompson to be tested by the State Bureau of Investigation. He was sent to New Hanover County jail under an $800 bond.

Wave Transit director Albert Eby said four people, including the bus driver, were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with what were believed to be minor injuries.

The bus involved was on Route No. 101.

Ricky Meeks, who was on that bus, said he wasn’t injured at all and questioned whether some of the riders might have been “fakers.”

Damage to both vehicles was very slight, Eby said. The bike rack on the bus and the license plate on the car were bent, he said.

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