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Two hurt, bus driver cited in accident

May 01, 2001

Two hurt, bus driver cited in accident



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A passenger in a truck and a student riding a Berkeley County school bus suffered minor injuries Monday when the bus ran into the back of the truck on W.Va. 9 near Hedgesville, W.Va.

The 69-year-old driver of the bus, which was headed for Hedgesville High School and Middle School, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Jeff Hiatt, 41, of Hedgesville, and Emily Cambell, a student riding the bus, were treated at City Hospital and released, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Garnes and a hospital spokeswoman. More information on Cambell was unavailable.

Hiatt was a passenger in a truck driven by John Miller, 25, of Hedgesville. About 7 a.m. Monday, a school bus driven by Marshall Parker, 69, of Martinsburg, rounded a curve and hit the truck in the rear, Garnes said. The truck was stopped.

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"It was a low-speed accident," Garnes said. "(Parker) just didn't stop in time."

Garnes estimated 20 students were on the bus. The students were taken to school on another bus, although Garnes said neither vehicle was damaged seriously.

"Both vehicles were driven away from the scene," said Mary Jo Brown, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley County school system. "And the students were all examined by emergency medical personnel and reported no discomfort, except for the one student."

Brown said she had no information on Parker or his driving record with the school district. She was unaware he had been cited in the accident. She could not say whether he would be kept off the road pending the outcome of an accident investigation.

"Because this would be a personnel matter, we can't say anything about it," she said. "And at this time, there's still an investigation."

The school district has an appointed committee that investigates all accidents involving school buses, Brown said.

Brown said the school system provides bus drivers safety training.

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