FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. — More than a dozen Fayette County school students were treated for injuries after their school bus wrecked on Route 61 on Wednesday afternoon.

The wreck happened around 3 p.m. near the Montgomery Bridge in Smithers.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Reports indicated the school bus hit a rock and ran off the road and into a ditch.

As of Wednesday evening, none of the students involved was said to be seriously injured.

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  • teresa

    Lay off the driver bus driving is hard job most of you would quit or get fired the first day!!!!!!! Walk in his hoes before you judge!!!!!!!!

  • Are you serious???

    After reading these comments it makes me wonder what is wrong with people. People wreck, it's very simple, accidents happen. Instead of complaining you should be thankful no child was seriously injured and thank the bus driver who took the job driving around your screaming brats!

  • Walter Burgess

    My sister Summer Proctor was on that bus so was my cuzzin Sara Hudnull. Summer had glass in her eye, neck and back injury. I also ride that bus to my mamaw's and I wish I was on that bus to help them and I hope that the cops find out what really happend to that bus.

    • lori

      the bus driver should not took his eyes off the road in the first place my daughter was on that was and now she will never get back on the bus

  • Samantha

    I hate how everyone wants to blame the driver when none of you could handle driving a bus full of screaming students who won't stay sitting in their seats the whole ride home. He was new and a lot of things were probably stressing him out. Of course you have to look around the bus every now and then to make sure everyone is behaving themselves and being safe, so don't say he's at fault for taking his eyes off the road for a minute. Put yourself in his situation, how about you drive that bus. And you don't know how big the rock was or what else could have cause them to go into the ditch. Quit being ignorant when all the facts aren't known.

    • IRON HORSE

      I'VE READ THESE COMMENTS! I'M SO GLAD THE KIDS ARE OK & HOPEFULLY THOSE INJURED WILL RECOVER FROM THIS TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. I HAVE DROVE A SCHOOL BUS FOR 15 YEARS SO I THINK IT' A JOB I HAVE NEVER TAKEN LIKELY IT' ALWAYS A LEARNING PROCESS. IN THESE TIMES OF SO MANY EVILS THE CHILDREN ON BUSES ARE NOT THE CHILDREN OF THE 1950'S OR WHEN WE RODE A BUS. AS TO THE ONE COMMENT DRIVING A BUS WITH SCREAMING KIDS! MY ANSWER TO THIS IS THAT THIS DRIVER IS NOT IN CONTROL! AS A DRIVER YOUR #1 JOB IS THE SAFETY OF EVERY HUMAN LIFE SITTING BEHIND YOU! HAVE I HAD A PROBLEM WITH STUDENT WOULD HAVE RODE MY BUS YES. BUT IT WAS DELT WITH AS A DRIVER A PART OF YOUR JOB IS TO KEEP ORDER ON YOUR BUS RULES ARE IN PLACE BY THE STATE THAT RULE THE BEHAVIOR DURING TRANSPORTING STUDENTS & IT' THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DRIVER TO MAINTAIN CONTROL & ORDER AT ALL TIMES.AS FOR THE SIZE OF A BUS YESTHEY ARE BIG BUT AGAIN BEING A DRIVER YOU ARE TESTED & TESTED BY THE STATE ON DRIVING & SAFETY & IF YOU FAIL YOU DON'T DRIVE A BUS. AS FOR DRUG TESTING YES I'M 100% FOR IT I'M TESTED RANDOMLY IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE THEM THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM. DRIVER'S ARE HUMAN IN A CAR , TRUCK, BUS ETC. BUT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE AS A BUS DRIVER. THERE IS A GREATER RISK THE CARGO THAT IS SEATED BEHIND YOU CAN NOT BE TAKEN TO A BODY SHOP & HAVE DENTS POUNDED OUT & A LITTLE PUDDY HERE & THERE & A SHINIE NEW PAINT APPLYED! WHAT IS SEATED BEHIND YOU CAN'T BE REPLACED! THERE IS ONLY ONE COPY! AS A DRIVER YOU MUST BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES #1 PLACE IS THE ROAD & SURROUNDING ON EVERY SIDE I'VE FOUND THAT OTHERS DRIVER TODAY DON'T HAVE RESPECT WHEN THEY SEE A BUS ON THE RODE THEY WILL PULL OUT IN FRONT OF YOU PASS YOU ON A DOUBLE LINE & THE WORST IS RUN THE RED WARNING LIGHTS WHILE THE BUS IS STOPPED LOADING OR UNLOADING STUDENTS CHILDREN HAVE BEEN HIT & KILLED & INJURED FOR LIFE BECAUSE OF THIS LACK OF RESPECT & COMMON SENSE! THIS HAPPEN TO ME WAY TO MANY TIMES SOMETIMES I'M ABLE TO GET PLATE # & FILE CHARGES & THERE ARE TIMES YOU CAN'T BECAUSE THEY ARE DRIVING FAST. WHAT I'VE READ ON THIS STORY IS THAT I THINK THE DRIVER POSSIBLY TOOK THEIR EYES OFF THE ROAD. I THINK HOW COULD YOU HIT A ROCK OR ? IF YOU WERE LOOKING AHEAD. BUS DRIVERS MAIN RESPONSIBILTY IS DRIVING YOUR BUS SAFETLY THATS ALL THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ON YOUR MIND WHILE BEHIND THAT WHEEL! I LOVE DRIVING A BUS LOVE MY KIDS I TREAT THEM AS MINE THEY ARE GOOD ALL 137 OF THEM THEY KNOW THE RULES & THAT I SEE THAT THEY FOLLOW THEM WE BOTH HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY IN ORDER FOR THE RIDE TO & FROM HOME TO BE A SAFE ONE! GOD BLESS ALL BUS DRIVERS WITH SAFETY IN MANY MILES ON THE ROAD & THE FAMILIES & STUDENTS IN THIS ACCIDENT!!!

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    • Susan

      I drove a school bus and let me say that if every parent was made to ride or drive their kids bus they would have a whole different out look and respect for bus drivers!!!

  • lori

    my daughter was on that bus but she doing ok she was in and out the whole time .......but if i get my way that driver will never be driving ever again the bus driver told the cops that he took his eyes off the road and that when he hit the wall

    • Are you serious???

      LORI,
      My question would be to you how many times have you taken your eyes off the road while your children were in the car. Do you expect us to believe you never glanced at something, never got anything out of your purse, never sent a text or answered a phone call, never turned around to see what the screaming was about, never ate or opened something for your child?? It only takrs a second for aomething to go wrong...

      And these are your children that you are to be protecting. Shame on you for critiquing someone else's driving when I promise you have done worse.

      • lori

        i have not done worse for one bc i dont drive i think walking is safer then a car bus train or a plane but i do know all the parents and i going to get all this over i see that bus driver speed right past my house and a car was right behide him and he was going faster then the car and for 2 the board will be telling the parents if it was him didnt something wrong or not

  • mook

    not enough info to make a comment. JUST BE HAPPY ALL THE KIDS ARE OK!

  • Professional Driver

    drug test? .... hmm that's a requirement for all Fayette county bus drivers before hiring, and randomly while employed. I'd be willing to bet you've never driven a big vehicle ( truck our bus). Because of you have, then you would know what it's like to have your vehicle on a tight spot and the road give away our a slick spot try and fish tail your vehicle..... I bet you couldn't be put in that situation and handle it as well as that driver did ... nerves of steel. it's an unfortunate event and I an goin to take my time to pay for the people involved .... students and driver ... not down someone who went through a situation that you can't handle yourself!

    • Professional Driver

      pray for the people involved*

  • Deb

    Why do people always want to say drugs are involved if you lived up this way you would know the roads and how tight a squeeze it is if you are going out of Montgomery

  • IRONHORSE

    I SURE MUST OF BEEN A BIG ROCK! IF SO THE DRIVER SHOULD OF SEEN IT!
    DRUG TEST!!!

    • timmie arrington

      ironhorse do u know that before ur hired as a bus driver u have 40 hr safety course first aid then u have to pass several country n state tests to become a bus drive but before ur hired u have to take a drug test then after ur hired u continully take random drug test an if u r in a accident they will drive u to a hospital to take a drug test.when a car hit me i was driveing a vehical for the board i still had to go to take drug test so before u start with drugs find out what really happened

    • Taxpayer

      You sir are a blight on humanity.

  • Jeff

    I guess now we'll need to have rock days & snow days. LOL