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A 16-year-old is out of the hospital after troopers said a garbage truck hit him while he was trying to get to his stopped school bus.
The truck driver faces a felony.
Skid marks that stretch 50 yards can still be seen at the crash site.
The accident happened Tuesday morning on Connelly Springs road south of Lenoir.
The bus driver who was already stopped in the opposite direction began blowing his horn trying to get the attention of the teenagers.
IMAGES: 16-year-old hit by dump truck on way to school bus stop
"As soon as I saw it I jumped out of the way and it ran over my foot,” said Jeffrey Zaldivar said.
Zaldivar said he will never forget what happened at his bus stop when he and his brother and a neighbor were crossing the road to reach their West Caldwell High School bus when a Blue Ridge sanitation truck heading in the opposite direction came right at them.
"Him and this one guy ran off toward the bus and I was in the back and I didn't know what to do. I looked at it and tried to jump as fast as I could,” said Zaldivar.
The driver of the garbage truck, Larry Shew, is charged with passing a stopped school bus and willfully striking a student.
The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly 10 seconds before the accident.
"I heard the horn blowing several times. It was real loud," said neighbor Chris Hambrick.
Hambrick heard the bus driver blowing the horn to alert the students to the garbage truck that was skidding right toward them.
He said the accident is a reminder to all drivers to exercise caution around bus stops. For now, he plans on driving his young son to and from school.
"I really don't like him riding the school bus for that very reason, just for not knowing what might happen,” Hambrick said.
Ironically the accident comes during the Highway Patrols "Operation Stop-arm Week".
The school district has cameras on some of the outside of their buses trying to catch drivers who break the law.
The federal government admits it could have responded faster to the spread of Ebola — and for some pundits, that can only mean one thing.
DON LEMON VIA CNN: "Is the Ebola crisis President Obama's Katrina?"
Yep, the K-word is again making the rounds. Some commentators are on the lookout for a misstep that will define Obama's legacy, the same way — for some — Katrina did for Bush. The comparison probably feels familiar. (Video via The White House, C-SPAN)
SEAN HANNITY VIA FOX NEWS: "With the horrifying images of Sandy's devastation, contrasted with images of Obama's campaigning, this is starting to look like in my opinion, Obama's Katrina."
LAWRENCE KUDLOW VIA CNBC: "Is the Gulf oil spill President Obama's Katrina?"
KIRSTEN POWERS VIA FOX NEWS: "To me, Obamacare is his Hurricane Katrina."
It's an unflattering comparison that surfaces every so often in the media. At last count, Obama's had well over a dozen "Katrinas."
Justin Sink at The Hill likens the current situation to "an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency."
Really, though, the only thing Ebola and Katrina have in common is a delayed federal response. They differ in at least two big ways.
To start, one person has died of Ebola in the U.S. More than 1,800 died from Katrina and the storm's aftermath. (Video via CBS)
And yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted to some missteps in the way it's handled Ebola, but the criticism is more partisan and less widespread compared to the way Federal Emergency Management Agency was slammed for its slow and ineffective response to Katrina.
The other problem — it distracts from the real issues. As Talking Points Memo puts it, "Americans need level-headed information so that they know that their lives aren't imminently at risk because of Ebola. But you can't expect them to understand that if this is how the situation is being presented to them."
The Katrina comparison doesn't exactly put Ebola fears in context. A recent poll from Harvard found not only are Americans confused about how the virus is spread, but more than a third are also worried Ebola will affect them or a family member within the next year.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police need the public’s help in find a missing 60-year-old man.
Police said Harry James Health was last seen on N. Sharon Amity Road on foot towards Shamrock Drive.
Heath is described as a black man, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds with brown eyes and grey balding hair.
Health was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jean jacket.
Police said Heath has health issues that make it crucial that he is located quickly.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.