UPDATE: Some minor injuries reported after Pittsylvania County crash involving a school bus

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UPDATE 11:51 a.m.: WFXR News uncovered more information about the crash along West Gretna Road involving a school bus in Pittsylvania County Monday morning.

Around 9 a.m. on Monday, May 3, school officials say the power went out at Gretna Middle School, so they fed the students and loaded them back on the bus to send them home. There were reportedly eight people on the bus, including the driver and seven students.

Dr. Mark Jones, the superintendent of Pittsylvania County Public Schools, says the driver was heading west on Route 40 and noticed an eastbound car that was drifting into their lane. At that point, the bus driver clipped the edge of the road and guardrail, but still managed to to steer the bus into a field.

According to Jones, there were a couple of minor injuries, but no one was seriously hurt.

A middle school nurse, the assistant principal, the assistant superintendent for operations, Virginia State Police, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and fire crews all responded to the scene.

The superintendent says it took about an hour and a half to clear the scene.

Even though power has been restored to the school, classes are still canceled for the day.


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A section of West Gretna Road in Pittsylvania County is closed down due to a crash involving a school bus Monday morning.

While VDOT has not posted about the crash, the 511 online traffic map shows a stretch of significantly slowed traffic along West Gretna Road.

Virginia State Police told WFXR News that state troopers had not yet arrived at the scene as of 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 3.

However, dispatch could not confirm the exact time the call was made or whether anybody was injured as a result of the crash.

This is a developing story.

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