School bus crash leaves none of 22 kids injured

April 12, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

HANCOCK - A school bus and a pickup truck collided in Hancock Wednesday afternoon, causing minor injuries to two teenagers in the truck.

None of the 22 Hancock Elementary School children who were in the bus were hurt, according to the Hancock Police Department.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 16-year-old Hancock resident, was charged with failure to yield right of way, police said.

He and a teenage passenger were taken to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where they were treated and released, Officer Michael Ruppenkamp said.


The bus, driven by Hancock resident Josie G. Cavey, 44, was headed east on Main Street at about 3:50 p.m., Ruppenkamp said.

Ruppenkamp alleged that the pickup truck, which was headed north on Church Street, failed to yield and was struck on the driver's side.

Washington County schools spokeswoman Donna Messina described the accident as "very minor," adding that none of the students were hurt.

"But they probably will be delayed in getting home," she said.

Messina said school buses have been involved in a number of fender-bender accidents over the years. She said the county has escaped school bus tragedies during her 22 years on the job.

"Fortunately, I do not recall any serious bus accidents in Washington County. We've been very fortunate," she said.

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