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Woman claims bus injuries, sues system for $250,000

March 03, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Washington County woman is suing the Jefferson County Board of Education for $250,000 on allegations one of its school buses struck her on a Hagerstown street two years ago.

Linda Sue Harrison, of Cascade, was about to get into her car parked on South Potomac Street on March 10, 1997, when the side-view mirror of a Jefferson County school bus hit her in the head, said Harrison's Hagerstown-based attorney, Russell R. Marks.

The impact threw Harrison to the ground and left her with a head injury, said Marks.

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg against the Jefferson County Board of Education and Jefferson County Schools Transportation Department Supervisor Stephen Eugene Anderson.

Anderson was driving a busload of students in Hagerstown to see a performance at the Maryland Theater the day of the incident, said Jefferson County Schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson.

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Anderson is a certified school bus driver but only drives on a substitute basis, said Thompson.

Jefferson County Schools officials were withholding comment until they had a chance to see the lawsuit, she said.

A hearing date has not been set for the case.

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