Birmingham area school bus driver charged with DUI after crash

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama state troopers say a Hoover school bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence following a crash.

Cpl. Steve Smith says the crash, involving a Hoover City Schools bus, occurred Wednesday afternoon. It happened at an exit ramp on I-459.

Alabama State Troopers identified the driver as Mark Pierce. They say his blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit for school bus drivers, which is .02.

There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident. A Hoover City Schools spokesperson says Pierce had finished his route and was returning the bus when the wreck happened.

Pierce has been charged with DUI and taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he was held on a $1,000 bond.