September 13, 2011 - Hancock County, W.Va. - The quick reaction of a school bus driver saved 38 middle school students from injury when a semi-truck nearly collided head-on with the school bus on Monday, September 12.
WBOY reports that the accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Route 2. Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Scott Swan said that a semi-truck was travelling northbound on the roadway when it drifted across the center line and into the path of an oncoming school bus.
According to reports, the driver of the school bus saw the semi-truck drifting and quickly turned the school bus out of its path. The truck ended up just clipping the school bus. One of the bus's mirrors was broken off and a side window was shattered.
Hancock County Superintendent Sue Smith has confirmed that none of the middle school students on board the bus were injured. The school bus driver and the truck driver were also uninjured.
The driver of the semi-truck was charged with driving left of center.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
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Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
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- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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