UPDATE: Charges pending after school bus driver, student transported to hospital after Smyth Co. crash


Editor's note: First reports from VSP stated no students were injured. An updated release stated one student did receive minor injuries.

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Two drivers and a student were transported to the hospital after a crash involving a Smyth County Schools bus occurred Tuesday morning.

According to a release from Virginia State Police, authorities were called to the 2000 block of Lee Highway around 7:45 a.m.

“The school bus was stopping to pick up a student when a Honda Civic drove into the back of the bus,” the release states.

A multi-vehicle crash had occurred involving a Honda Civic and a Smyth County Schools bus. 17 elementary school students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The release states one student received minor injuries.

The driver of the Honda, the driver of the school bus and the student were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

A replacement bus was sent and transported the students to school from the scene.

The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Rescue Squad, Marion Fire Department, VDOT, Chilhowie Volunteer Fire Department and Smyth County School Board members all responded to the scene.

Charges are currently pending. The crash is still under investigation.

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