Police identify driver who died after collision with Wythe County school bus

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police has identified the man who died on Friday afternoon after colliding with a school bus from Wythe County.

According to Virginia State Police, a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria was heading south on Route 11 — less than a mile away from Route 667 — at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 when the car crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2015 Chevrolet Express van head-on.

Authorities say that the force of the collision caused the Ford to run off the right side of Route 11 before coming to a rest. Even though the driver of the Ford was reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police say that he died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford has been identified by Virginia State Police as 54-year-old Michael W. Parks of Sugar Grove.

The van — which Wythe County Public Schools uses as a school bus — was not carrying any students at the time. However, authorities say that an adult assistant on the van was taken to the hospital for minor injuries while the 56-year-old male driver of the was uninjured.

Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

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