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Bus Driver Issued Citation in Friday Crash

Schools vehicle was traveling from Heritage High School to a swim meet in Manassas.

The driver of a bus that crashed enroute to a high school swim meet Friday — closing Route 15 for two hours — has been issued a citation for failure to yield right of way, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

The bus left Heritage High School in Leesburg with 41 students on board around 5:18 p.m. Friday, LCSO spokeswoman Liz Mills said. 

When the driver of the school bus turned onto Route 15 from Masons Lane, it went "into the path of a northbound 1997 Ford F250," deputies wrote in a report.

The driver, along with five teens and another adult on the bus, were treated at local hospitals and released, according to the report. A second bus responded to the scene to take the remaining students to their destination.

The remaining students were loaded on to a second bus. 

Nobody in the pickup truck was injured. 

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Jerome Schlafer December 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Not crticizing here but taking a school bus to where Masons Lane, Gleedsville Rd and Rt 15 converge ,which is a very dicey intersection regardless of time of day, is not safe. Driver could have travelled down Evergreen Mill to teh King Street intersection where the traffic light is located. LCPS should review the acitons for future safety considerations regardless of who the driver is or the size of the bus. Seems like bus driver was taking a shortcut. Shortcuts are never safe.
Brian Virgo December 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
100% agree. That is a bad intersection when in a car!
Rick Tocchet December 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Excellent point, I was thinking the same thing.
joe brewer December 14, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Maybe the planning commision should be given a citation for p poor planning instead of the driver. How to fix the problem is the next order of business.
Clairia Jackson December 16, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I doubt we are going to see any fixes unless we get new planners, as the intersections are being made worse. The three examples of horrible planning is the left turn from River Creek onto East bound Rt. 7 after coming from Wegmans. You are pointing into oncoming traffic and if hit from behind... More pronounced is the South Rt. 7/15 bypass left onto Ft. Evans going toward Home Depot and the outlet mall; it is nearly impossible to point your wheel toward the medium to get the light to set. That same intersection coming out onto that same bit of highway is trying to get over three lanes of traffic when the medium concrete is too long and then a short distance for the Market Street exit; sometime it is better to go down to Sicolin. As for the bus driver, 9 times out of 10 it is the CDL driver that gets the ticket, regardless.


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