Five students hurt in second of two C-M bus crashes

November 15, 2013

Two Canon-McMillan school buses crashed within four hours Friday morning, leaving five students injured in the second accident.

The second crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. on Route 519 near a railroad crossing in Houston when a vehicle struck the rear of the bus, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said.

Five students were taken to Washington Hospital with unspecified injuries, the dispatcher said. Canon-McMillan Superintendent Michael Daniels said the 11 students on board were returning from Western Area Career & Technology Center when the accident occurred.

“The driver stopped at the railroad crossing, as required, and was rear-ended by another vehicle,” Daniels said.

Houston police did not return a phone call seeking information on the crash.

It was the second accident of the morning involving a Canon-McMillan school bus after another vehicle crashed about a mile away on South Central Avenue at Garden Street at 7:20 a.m. None of the 27 high school students on board that bus were injured when the driver lost control and crashed into two street signs and a parked car, North Strabane police Officer Matt Mancini said.

Investigators think the bus driver, Dave Brown, may have suffered a medical problem that caused him to lose control. Brown, of Canonsburg, suffered a minor elbow injury and was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for precautionary reasons, police said.

Mancini said they are continuing to investigate but don’t expect to file charges against the driver in the first crash. He said Brown has a “stellar record” while driving for the school district the past 20 years. The parked car was unoccupied and sustained heavy damage in the crash, Mancini said.

Daniels went to the scenes of both crashes, district officials said.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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