ROAN MOUNTAIN — A Cloudland High School activity bus was stolen Tuesday night and found abandoned in a ditch in Avery County, N.C., early Wednesday morning, police said.
Secondary Supervisor Danny McClain said the bus was only slightly damaged. “There might have been some slight sheet metal damage, but nothing major,” McClain said Wednesday afternoon.
McClain said the bus was used to transport students to an athletic event Tuesday and had returned to the school at 8:30 p.m.
McClain said the bus was found after it had been stuck in a ditch. School officials were able to recover the bus, and McClain said it is in operating condition.
Since the bus is only used for activities, McClain said there was no disruption of the school’s normal bus routes Wednesday morning.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft.