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Hedgesville man cited in accident involving school bus

August 26, 2009

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- A school bus carrying five Paw Paw (W.Va.) High School students was involved in a four-vehicle accident Wednesday on W.Va. 9, police and school officials said.

The students and the bus driver, Tammy Farris of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were not injured in the accident, which happened at about noon in the 7500 block of Hedgesville Road, officials said.

The drivers of two other vehicles in the accident -- Donald Butts, 57, and Melissa Diotrowsky, 45, both of Hedgesville -- were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg for treatment, according to a news release by 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

Butts was treated at the hospital and released, according to a City Hospital official. No information was available for Diotrowsky.

John Breitenbach, 26, of Hedgesville, was cited for failure to slow down to avoid a collision with stopped traffic, according to Burnett's release.

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Breitenbach was traveling west on W.Va. 9 when his 2003 Dodge Ram collided with the rear of a Jeep Commander driven by Diotrowsky that then collided with a 1995 Chevrolet truck driven by Butts, according to Burnett's release.

The collision caused Diotrowsky's vehicle to travel into the eastbound lane and strike the bus, police said.

The Jeep and Chevrolet were stopped near J&T Archery to allow a vehicle to turn left into a driveway, according to police.

The vocational students were traveling from the high school to James Rumsey Technical Institute near Hedgesville, according to school officials.

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