Ten students, bus driver injured in King William County school bus accident


Ten students and a bus driver were treated for minor injuries after a King William County School bus was involved in an accident Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a two-vehicle crash around 7:29 a.m. involving a King William County school bus and a Ford F 250 pickup truck, according to Virginia State Police.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 605 (Manfield Road) and Route 1237, according to police.

The school bus was traveling southbound on Route 605 (Manfield Road) and was stopped with emergency equipment activated to pick up additional students, according to the trooper’s preliminary investigation.

The pick up truck, driven by a 17-year-old male, struck the bus in the rear.

There were 33 children from ages five to 12 years old on the bus at the time of the crash, according to police. It was headed to Cool Springs Primary and Acquinton Elementary schools, according to King William County Fire and EMS Chief Andy Aigner.

The adult female bus driver, as well as 10 children passengers were taken to a local VCU Medical Center for minor injuries, according to police and King William County Public Schools.

The 17-year-old driver was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

King William County Fire and EMS and a Caroline County medic unit responded to the scene, according to Aigner.

The driver of the pickup truck was charged with reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt. The crash remains under investigation.

All of the students have been released from the hospital, according to King William County Fire and EMS.

King William County Public Schools superintendent David White sent parents a letter about the accident.

In the letter, White said students that were on bus number 24 and not taken to the hospital were safely transported to school and checked out additionally by the school nurse.

“Our thoughts are with the persons and families involved in the accident this morning,” White said in the letter. “We also want to commend Mrs. Rebecca Keefer, bus driver, for her unwavering focus on student safety and taking care of the children’s needs over her own.”

“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. Therefore, school staff have spoken to the students who were on the bus at the time of the accident. If you feel that your child needs any additional support, please do not hesitate to contact the school.”

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com, @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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