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The Floyd County vehicle, carrying students and adults on a field trip, struck a bridge barrier.
DANIEL LIN | Special to The Roanoke Times
A Floyd County school bus wrecked on Virginia Tech's campus, sending six students and three adults to the hospital with minor injuries.
Daniel Lin | Special to The Roanoke Times
The bus hit a bridge barrier at the intersection of Duckpond Drive and West Campus Drive, breaking the rear axle and driveline of the bus.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A Floyd County school bus struck a bridge barrier Tuesday afternoon on Virginia Tech’s campus, sending six students and three adults to the hospital with minor injuries.
Campus police Maj. Kevin Foust said the school bus was traveling on Duck Pond Drive, near the intersection with West Campus Drive, about 12:50 p.m. The bus driver attempted to give an oncoming car more space, causing the rear wheels on one side of the bus to strike the bridge.
Foust would not comment on the number of injuries but said they were not life-threatening. LewisGale Hospital Montgomery spokeswoman Nancy May said the six students and three adults had minor injuries and had been discharged by 3:45 p.m.
Kevin Harris, superintendent of Floyd County schools, said the 10 students and seven adults on board were on a field trip to Virginia Tech as part of a summer program with Family Preservation Services — a group that provides day treatment services for Floyd County Public Schools.
The children on the trip were mostly upper elementary to lower high school students, Harris said.
“It was one of the last field trips of the summer,” Harris said. “They like to get the students on college campuses and explain to them what college is all about.”
Harris said he went to the scene and also checked up on those who were taken to the hospital.
“We towed the bus back to Floyd County, but we can fix things like that ,” Harris said, emphasizing that the most important thing is that everyone is OK.
Harris said another bus from the school district picked up the students, who were checked by a school nurse when they arrived back in Floyd County.
It was not immediately clear Tuesday if police were considering filing charges related to the wreck.
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