Six students treated after car, school bus collide

September 17, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Six intermediate school students were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg with minor injuries Thursday afternoon after their school bus was sideswiped by a man who lost control of his car, police said.

Cpl. Chris McCulley, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, said the injuries were minor and included complaints of neck pain and headaches.

The driver of the bus, Terry Peterson of Hedgesville, also was taken to City Hospital with minor injuries, McCulley said.

The accident happened on Cumbo Road, near James Rumsey Technical Institute, at around 3:48 p.m.

Mark Payne, 49, of Hedgesville, was charged with failure to maintain control, police said. Payne told McCulley that he was "messing with" the radio in his 1992 Ford Escort when he ran off the edge of the road and went down an embankment, McCulley said.


When Payne got his car back on the road he crossed the center line and sideswiped the bus, he said.

Payne's car was damaged on the front and had to be towed, but the bus was not badly damaged, McCulley said.

The bus was carrying 16 students, ranging from 8 to 11 years old, who attend Potomack Intermediate School. The 10 who were not injured were taken home, McCulley said.

Emergency personnel with the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department, Bedington Volunteer Fire Department and Berkeley County Ambulance Authority responded.

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