2 sent to WMC after truck hits bus

Posted: December 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A local man and a Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) student riding in a bus he drove into were transported to the hospital Tuesday morning.

The student was taken to Winchester Medical Center for back pain after the driver of a 1989 Ford truck rear-ended FCPS bus No. 68 while it was picking up students on Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50), according to Lt. Warren Gosnell of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

C. David Glover, 73, of Back Mountain Road in the county, was taken to WMC due to contusions to his head and minor lacerations. The injuries were not life-threatening, according to Gosnell.

The bus stopped in an eastbound lane in front of 4387 Northwestern Pike to pick up students just after 7 a.m. The lights of the bus were on indicating to motorists that it was stopping for students, Gosnell said.

According to witness accounts, Glover appeared to try and switch lanes but couldn’t and swerved back into the right lane before colliding with the bus, Gosnell said.

Glover — who wasn’t wearing a seat belt — was thrown into the windshield of the truck, which Gosnell said was totaled in the accident.

The students on the bus were from 11 to 15 years of age.

Four kids were on the bus, which was picking up James Wood Middle School and Frederick County Middle School students, according to Steve Edwards, coordinator of policy and communications for FCPS.

“It’s important for motorists to pay attention when they’re behind the wheel and to not allow themselves to become distracted while driving,” Edwards said in an email Tuesday. “This is particularly important in the morning and afternoon when school buses are transporting students to and from school. Drivers need to be aware of school buses and be prepared to stop when the bus turns on its signals indicating that it is making a stop.”

Gosnell said the bus sustained about $2,000 in damage. He said students were transferred to other buses after the accident.

Both eastbound lanes of Northwestern Pike were shut down for about 20 minutes and one lane was opened for about 20 or 25 minutes before the entire road opened back up to traffic, Gosnell said.

Glover was charged with reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt, he added.

There have been 18 traffic accidents involving school buses in Frederick County since Jan. 1., 2010, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles information compiled by Gosnell.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com