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ABINGDON, VA (WJHL) -

Virginia State Police just released new information about the school bus crash that happened this morning in Washington County, Virginia.

Here's the full press statement:

"Virginia State Police Master Trooper A.L. Kelly investigated a two-vehicle crash in Washington County Wednesday (Aug. 21). The crash occurred at 7:05 a.m. on Route 645 less than a mile south of Route 611.

A Washington County, Virginia school bus was southbound on Route 645 when it began slowing to a stop to pick up passengers. As the bus slowed to a stop, its amber lights were activated to notify oncoming traffic to stop. A northbound 1997 Ford F-250 was unable to stop in time, causing its driver to lose control of the pickup truck. The truck ran off the right side of the road then overcorrected, came back onto the roadway and struck the stopped school bus. The impact of the crash forced the school bus into a ditch off the right side of the road.

The bus driver, Brandy L. Hoss, 25, of Bristol, Tenn., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. None of the 15 passengers on board the bus nor anyone at the bus stop was injured.

The driver of the pickup truck, Jackie W. Fleenor Jr., 39, of Bristol, Va., was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt. Fleenor was charged with reckless driving."

 

 


 

 

No children were injured after a school bus crash in Bristol, Virginia this morning. Virginia State Police officers now tell News Channel 11 a pickup truck had a problem with its brakes causing the driver to go off of the road.

According to VSP, the pickup truck driver then came back across Wyndale Road and hit the school bus causing it to go into a ditch. 

Officers say the pickup truck driver faces a reckless driving charge and they say he is also charged with having insufficient brakes. VSP has not yet released the pickup truck driver's name.

Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Ratliff say 17 kids were on the school bus when it collided with a pickup truck.

According to Dr. Ratliff, those children were on their way to High Point Elementary School, Wallace Middle School and John S. Battle High School.

"I talked with every student on the bus just to make sure they were okay," Dr. Ratliff said. "Our bus driver did everything right to protect the students."

According to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, troopers were called to the scene of the crash on Wyndale Road at 7:05 am.

The crash is now under investigation, Geller said.

In addition to VSP, Washington County Emergency Management Director Pokey Harris says fire and EMS crews also responded to the scene.

According to Dr. Ratliff, the "accident" was the result of an apparent malfunction with the other driver's pickup truck.

Stay with us for updates on this story throughout the day.

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