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Bus driver dies while waiting to pick up students

November 09, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A longtime school bus driver in Berkeley County, W.Va., who an official said was loved by youngsters in the school system died Monday morning between bus runs after he suffered a heart attack on the bus, school officials said.

No students were on the bus when Leonard Triggs suffered the heart attack, said Jaimee Borger, spokeswoman for Berkeley County Schools.

Triggs, 55, of Martinsburg, had completed a run for Martinsburg High School students and was getting ready to start a run for elementary and middle school students, Borger said.

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Triggs was parked at the entrance to Tuscarora Springs subdivision along Tuscarora Pike when a parent drove by and became worried, said Ron Cartee, director of transportation for the school system.

The parent was worried because he believed Triggs should have started his second run when he saw the bus, Cartee said.

Cartee described Triggs as an "absolute, on time, punctual driver."

Another parent then called school officials, Cartee said.

"We knew something was wrong," Cartee said.

Cartee said he responded to the location and paramedics were already on the scene.

Triggs was taken to City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m., Cartee said.

Triggs was a bus driver in Berkeley County for about 15 years and had his current route for about 10 years, Cartee said.

Cartee described Triggs as "one of those drivers that kids just loved."

Triggs was well-known among parents and students because of his long service.

"When you're around that long, you see the kids grow up in front of you," Cartee said.

"We were very saddened by this," Borger said.

In addition to Martinsburg High School students, Triggs drove students attending several elementary and middle schools, Cartee said.

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