West Virginia State Police responded to a report of a coal truck and a school bus collision on Joetown Road in Wyatt just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials at the scene said the bus went over a hill and into a creek.
Approximately 25 to 30 kids were on board the bus and none of them received injuries, said Harrison County Schools Assistant Superintendent Anthony Fratto. The ages of the kids ranged from kindergarten to twelfth graders and Fratto said the older students were instrumental in getting the younger children off of the bus. The students were checked out by Harrison and Marion County EMS before leaving the scene with their respective parents, said Fratto.
Cpl. S.D. Swiger's preliminary investigation revealed that the school bus slid on the icy road, sideswiped a quad axle dump truck, and went approximately 80 feet over an embankment. Cpl. Swiger said Thursday that the bus driver received a citation for failing to maintain control of the vehicle.
Fire departments from Shinnston and Lumberport also responded to the scene. State police are investigating.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Department also responded to a school bus accident Monday morning.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. on Trapps Springs Road in Pruntytown. Taylor County Sheriff Terring Skinner said a school bus carrying 28 children was traveling northbound when a car traveling south hit ice. The driver lost control and hit the school bus.
No one was injured in the accident and there was very little damage to the vehicle and the school bus, according to Sheriff Skinner. The 28 children were transported to Grafton City Hospital to be evaluated and cleared.