TRIADELPHIA - Paramedics took one student to Wheeling Hospital after a tow truck backed into an Ohio County school bus stopped at the intersection of National Road and Middle Creek Road on Monday afternoon.
Triadelphia police Sgt. Jim Kendle said the injury didn't appear serious.
"One child complained that she bumped her head. ... She was talking and speaking and everything," he said.
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Emergency personnel respond to an accident involving a tow truck and an Ohio County school bus near Middle Creek Garage on Monday afternoon.
About 15 elementary and middle school students were aboard the bus when the accident occurred, according to Deputy Superintendent Dianna Vargo. She said she believed the girl who went to the hospital was a middle school student.
According to Kendle, a tow truck from nearby Middle Creek Garage was backing from Middle Creek Road into the garage lot at about 4 p.m. when it collided with the right rear corner of the bus, which was stopped at the intersection waiting to turn onto National Road. The collision damaged a tail light and tore a hole in the bus a few inches wide.
"The driver stated he thought he had enough room to clear and didn't," Kendle said, noting the driver has not been charged but the investigation remains open.
He did not identify the driver, but said that information may be released later.
Another school bus was brought to the scene, but that turned out to be unnecessary. Vargo said parents picked up the other students there.
In addition to Triadelphia police, responders included the Ohio County Sheriff's Department, Wheeling Police Department, Stone Church Ambulance and the Triadelphia Volunteer Fire Department.