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Bus carrying Hedgesville High students involved in accident

no one injured

October 03, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Nine Hedgesville High School students aboard a school bus escaped injury Wednesday morning when the Berkeley County school bus they were riding in was in a minor traffic accident, Berkeley County Schools spokesperson Leah Daniel said in a news release.

The accident happened about 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Road North and W.Va. 9 near the high school, according to Daniel. 

The students aboard bus 133 at the time were examined by medics and then released to attend school, Daniel said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate the accident, along with school system administrators, according to Daniel.

The accident was the third motor vehicle crash in the Eastern Panhandle involving a school bus in as many days this week.

On Monday, 20 Harpers Ferry Middle School students avoided injury when a Ford Taurus pulled out in front of the Jefferson County school bus in which they were riding on Shipley School Road near U.S. 340, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Fletcher.

The drivers of the bus and the car and an infant passenger in the sedan were not injured in the collision, which occurred about 7:30 a.m., according to Fletcher.

The students were taken to school that morning on another bus, according to Fletcher.

The front end of the bus struck the driver’s side of the car and Fletcher said a police investigation determined the female driver of the car was at fault in the crash. She was not cited, Fletcher said.

On Tuesday, six Washington High School were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital as a precaution after a vehicle struck the bus they were riding in the vicinity of W.Va. 9 and Hostler Road, according to school officials.

Early indications are that due to a wet road, it appears that the vehicle crossed the center line and struck the school bus, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said Wednesday in an email. 

The West Virginia State Police trooper handling the crash investigation was off duty Wednesday, according to Sgt. E.D. Anderson, who said he did not believe anyone involved in the crash had received serious injuries.

Wall said the school district is awaiting an official report on the crash.

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