Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 25, 2012

Police: Weapons found following collision between bus and car

PRINCETON — Weapons were found Tuesday after a collision between a school bus and a car sent the car’s driver and several students to a local hospital.

Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said nine students were aboard the Mercer County School bus during the crash Tuesday afternoon. The driver a Geo Tracker that crashed head-on with the bus had to be extricated from his vehicle. The driver was not identified.

 Two students were transported to Princeton Community Hospital and at least two others were transported by members of their families, 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, Walters said. His condition was not available Tuesday.

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 extracted him from his vehicle, Walters stated at the scene. 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.

 

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