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Students slightly injured in bus accident

February 07, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTISNBURG, W.Va. - Three students went to City Hospital with minor injuries Thursday morning after the school bus on which they were riding was hit from behind, according to police.

The accident happened at 8:10 a.m. on Rock Cliff Drive, about a mile from the intersection with W.Va. 9 west, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff.

Edward Villacis, 41, of Laurel, Md., was stopped behind the bus, which was picking up students at the time, Dyroff said. When Villacis reached over to get something, he spilled some hot coffee and his foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal, according to the accident report.

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Villacis, who was on his way to his insurance company's office, was cited for failure to maintain control.

Twenty-eight students were on the bus, bound for Tuscarora Elementary School and Eagle School Intermediate, Dyroff said.

The three students who went to the hospital were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Neither the 2003 model year bus nor Villacis' 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was seriously damaged. The bus had white paint on its tow hooks, and the hood of the Monte Carlo was damaged, Dyroff said. He estimated Villacis was a couple of feet behind the bus when his car surged forward.

An in-bus camera filmed the accident. At the time of impact, one boy was walking down the aisle, but did not fall, records show.

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