Update: Narrows High School principal says three students in hospital released


UPDATE: Narrows High School Principal, Brian Bowles, told News Channel 11 that the three students sent to the Bristol Regional Medical Center following Thursday morning’s bus crash on I-81 in Washington County at mile marker 12 southbound were released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.

Bowles said those three students were in the 9th, 10th and 12th grade.

He also said that the school called each individual parent of every student on the bus to let them know what happened.

“I’m a parent too so it’s one of those things where you treat your students as if you’re their parent,” said Bowles. “It’s one of the worst fears you have as an administrator that your students are injured.” 

The students who were not taken to the hospital continued to Virginia High School to compete in the second day of a regional band concert.

Principal Bowles said they left the school following around 2:30 p.m. and stopped by the hospital on the way back to Giles County.

Previously reported:

Virginia State Police said a Giles County, Va., school bus driver has been cited after he failed to slow down and rear-ended a truck Thursday morning. 

VSP officials said in a press release that traffic had slowed in the southbound lane of I-81 when the bus crashed into a truck in front of it near mile marker 12 in Washington County.

The release said eight of the 30 students on board complained of minor injuries – five were treated by medics and three were taken to the Bristol Regional Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

The bus driver, Jonathan Spade, 40, Pearisburg, Va., was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t injured. The driver of the truck, a 63-year-old Roanoke man, was not injured in the crash, VSP said. 

Giles County superintendent Terry Arbogast confirmed to News Channel 11 that the students were en route to a band competition at Virginia High School. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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