Durham County

Local briefs: Durham boy, 9, suffers minor injuries in school bus accident


An unidentified boy was struck and injured by a school bus Thursday morning in east Durham.

A Durham police officer said the boy, who apparently suffered a leg or foot injury, was taken to a hospital but apparently was not seriously hurt, ABC11 reported.

The child’s identity was not known, but Durham Public Schools official William Sudderth told CBS North Carolina that he was 9 years old.

The accident happened about 8 a.m. at Juniper Street and North Hyde Park Avenue, ABC11 reported.

Durham school officials said the boy was not supposed to ride the bus that struck him, which serves Eastway Elementary School, but that he ran out in front of it.

An investigation is underway.

Alston Avenue closings set

Work on the Alston Avenue (N.C. 55) widening project in Durham will require some additional weekend closures this month. Crews need more time to remove asbestos from two railroad bridges above the road.

The added work will require the closure of Alston Avenue between the Durham Freeway and Main Street between 10 p.m. Friday, March 17, and 6 a.m. Monday, March 20, and again during the same time period from Friday through Monday, March 24-27.

Local traffic and driveway access will be kept open during the work, but there will be detours in place:

Eastbound Alston Avenue (N.C. 55): Turn right onto Main Street. Turn left onto Fayetteville Street. Turn left onto southbound Durham Freeway. Use Exit 11 (Alston Avenue) and turn right to continue east.

Westbound Alston Avenue (N.C. 55): Merge right onto northbound Durham Freeway. Use Exit 12A (Fayetteville Street). Turn right onto Fayetteville Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Turn left at Alston Avenue to continue west.

Road to close in Hillsborough

A section of access road within the Hillsborough Town Cemetery will be closed for repairs Tuesday-Thursday, March 21-23, weather permitting.

The road to be repaired crosses a stream to connect the northernmost sections to the rest of the cemetery. Repairs will be made to both the roadway and the stormwater pipe carrying the stream beneath it.

The road will be reopened as needed for funeral services.

For questions or additional information, call Ken Hines at 919-732-1270, ext. 78.