SPENCER, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Multiple students and their driver were hospitalized after getting sick on a school bus in Rowan County, according to the school district.

The incident happened near Long Ferry Road in Spencer; the bus was coming from Hanford Dole Elementary.

Officials say eight students got sick, as well as the bus driver, and they were rushed to a local hospital for medical evaluation. All students and the driver have since been released.

The driver pull over at a local fire department, and Millers Ferry firefighters helped with the situation as parents were contacted, officials explained.

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All the other students onboard were picked up by their parents, and several school district officials, including the principal, were at the scene within ‘moments of the call.’

A cause has not yet been revealed and the bus has been taken out of rotation for the timing being, district leaders confirmed on Saturday.