The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident occurred on a rainy morning on Halleck Road in Monongalia County. The bus was traveling along the roadway when the smaller vehicle crashed into it. According to the driver of the smaller vehicle, Julian Brown of Kingwood, the car hydroplaned before it slid into the bus.
At the time of the accident, the bus was destined for Ridgedale Elementary School and was carrying 30 students. Seven of those students received minor injuries in the school bus crash.
The 7 injured children were transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The injuries of all 7 have been described as non-life-threatening.
Trooper L.L. Rohrbaugh of the Monongalia State Police detachment stated that Brown has received citations for driving too fast for the weather conditions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2008 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 380 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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