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School bus crashes into house near Charles Town

October 30, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A school bus struck a house in Tuscawilla Hills and a girl going to take her driver's test nearly struck the state Division of Motor Vehicles office in Bardane in separate accidents Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County, police said.

School bus driver Tabetha Dawson, 42, of Charles Town was turning from Tuscawilla Drive onto Lindsay Drive in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision at 2:28 p.m. when her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas, said Deputy S.E. Demory of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The bus went 30 yards across a yard, through a chain link fence and struck a shed before hitting a house owned by Hollins Randolph Jr. at 1233 Tuscawilla Drive, Demory said.

The bus caused superficial damage to the house, Demory said.

In the second crash, a juvenile who police declined to identify was pulling into the DMV at 24 Ruland Road and talking to her mother when she hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, said Sgt. Shannon Sell.

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The girl's car struck a stone wall at the entrance to the DMV about 1:45 p.m., Sell said.

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