Wetzel Bus Struck by Van

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A group of 19 Wetzel County school students took a ride on the wild side this morning when the bus they were riding was struck by a van.

The bus was traveling west on W.Va. 7 at approximately 7 a.m. today when the driver of a Chevrolet Venture van attempted to pass on the left side as the bus was turning onto W.Va. 20, resulting in a collision.

According to Chief Deputy Robert K. Haught of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department, no injuries were reported. The students, who were being transported to Shortline Elementary School, were off-loaded to another bus and transported to the school.

The driver of the van was cited for improper passing. Roads were clear despite a quick snowfall this morning. The identity of the drivers were not available at press time.

Meanwhile in Steubenville, one person was seriously injured and two high school students were slightly hurt when a car and Toronto City school bus crashed head-on Thursday afternoon on Lincoln Avenue. The crash happened around 2 p.m. near Lincoln Elementary School.

The unidentified female driver of the car had to be cut from the Honda Civic she was driving. The school bus driver was not injured although the bus sustained significant front-end damage, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing the car fishtailing before the accident. The bus driver, identified as Barbara Platko, said she pulled over in an attempt to avoid the collision but the car struck the bus head-on. Two of the four students on the bus complained of neck pain and received medical treatment.