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September 26, 2012

Tracker versus school bus collision injures 3

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An impact that was strong enough to break a shotgun’s barrel sent at least two students and a car’s driver to a local hospital Tuesday after a Mercer County school bus and a Geo Tracker collided head-on at Glenwood Park Road.

Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said nine students were aboard the bus during the crash.

 Two were transported to Princeton Community Hospital, but they did not appear to have major injuries, the deputy said. She did know the name of their school, but she said they were middle school students.

The Tracker’s driver, who had not yet been identified, was also taken to the Princeton hospital.

The crash happened when the Geo, traveling toward U.S. Route 460, crossed into the other lane. The bus driver tried to avoid the car, but the vehicles ended up in the middle of the road at the same time and collided, Walters said.

Two pistols were found on the Geo driver’s person when fire fighters and rescue squad workers freed him from his vehicle, Walters stated. A shotgun was also found; its barrel had been broken by the impact.

How much force was necessary to break the weapon’s barrel depended on the shotgun itself, the deputy said.

“That’s depending on the gun, but it would take a lot of force to do something like that,” Walters said.

Glenwood Park Road has several sharp curves, plus the rain made hydroplaning a possibility. The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

“It’s just a bad situation all around,” Walters said, who rated the crash as one of the worst she had seen. “I don’t get a lot of accidents out here, particularly with a bus.”

The Princeton Rescue Squad, the West Virginia State Police, and the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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