Six students were injured Thursday afternoon, December 20th in a school bus accident on California Avenue in McDowell County. The driver, Joey McKinney, age 37, of Marion was charged with failure to maintain lane control. The bus went off the road and hit several trees with its right side. Superintendent Mark Garrett said in a news release that 28 middle and high school students were on the bus at the time of the accident. Five students were transported by ambulance to McDowell Hospital with minor injuries. One student was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital in Asheville for further evaluation of a shoulder injury. According to the news release, heavy rain was in the area for most of the day and may have been a contributing factor to the accident.