NITRO, W.Va. — A teenager is recovering from severe injuries after being struck by a car while getting on the school bus Tuesday morning. The incident happened 7:30 a.m. on Route 25 in Nitro.
The victim, a 14 year old boy, was struck as he crossed the road to board the bus by a vehicle coming from Institute into Nitro.
“When I arrived on the scene, I was the first Nitro Officer on the scene, and the child was lying in the road,” said Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleton. “He was treated at the scene and transported to Charleston General and the last I heard he was in critical condition.”
The driver was cooperative with police at the scene and tells authorities he did not see the school bus. According to Eggleton damage to his vehicle from the collision was so severe, the car was inoperable.
“He will be charged,” Eggleton said. “But we want to look at the whole investigation before we decide what charges. The charges would be different if the school bus sign was out.”
Police are awaiting the bus’ dash cam video before making a decision on the charges. The young victim is a student at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes.
In a related story, a Nitro fire fighter and another motorist were taken to the hospital in a separate accident. The fire truck was struck by another vehicle as it responded to the school bus accident. The fire fighter was treated and released. The condition of the motorist is not known.