Driver cited after school bus overturns in Wytheville

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A Wythe County school bus driver has been cited after a crash overturned the vehicle Tuesday morning. 

According to a school official, no students were on the bus at the time. 

School Superintendent Scott Jefferies released a statement around 9:30 a.m. and said the school bus was the only vehicle involved. The driver only had minor injuries and was treated by emergency responders. 

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. at Sheffey School Road in Wytheville.

Video sent in by a viewer shows an ambulance on scene, with the bus on its side covering two lanes with the front of the bus in some trees.

Avery Dalton says he was on his way to work when he saw the bus flip over.

“I have a niece, and I didn’t know if she was going to be on it or not. And so when I parked, I just immediately got out of my car, made sure 911 was called and just went to see if there were any kids on the bus,” said Dalton.

He says he ran to the bus and saw that there were no students on it, but the driver was stuck inside.

“There was another driver who stopped and he got his knife out and me and him cut the seatbelt and got her out and she was able to walk away,” Dalton said.

“It was by the grace of God.”

According to Jefferies, the cause of the crash is under investigation. 

“We take the responsibility of taking our kids to and from school very, very seriously. And we make sure that all of our drivers have the proper training and we make sure that all of our vehicles are inspected properly and have the proper maintenance records on them as well,” Jefferies said.

Jefferies says it’s also the protocol for drivers to be taken for routine testing after any crash.

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