Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 17, 2013

Students transported to hospital after school bus accident with SUV

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Students were transported Tuesday to a local hospital for evaluations and treatment after their school bus was struck by another vehicle on Pisgah Road.

A Mercer County school bus was on Pisgah Road at approximately 3:15 p.m. when it was struck by an SUV driving left of center, according to Lt. Joe Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicles sideswiped each other, and it appeared that the bus driver was trying to avoid the SUV. The bus came to rest in a ditch.

There were 20 children from the Princeton area aboard the bus, Parks said. Thirteen of them were transported to Princeton Community Hospital for abrasions and various complaints of injury.

“Nothing on the scene appeared to be serious or life threatening,” he added.

The SUV’s driver, Bobby England, 29, of Green Acres was also transported.

“He was found at fault on the scene,” Parks said. “ An investigation continues as to why he was left of center.”

A passenger in the SUV, Lakie King, 32, of the Princeton area was also sent to the hospital to be treated for lacerations, Parks said.

The Princeton Rescue Squad sent most of its ambulances to the scene, and the East River Volunteer Fire Department handled traffic control, he said.

Superintendent Deborah Akers and other central office personnel went to the scene, said Kellan Sarles, public information specialist for Mercer County Schools.