Police warn drivers to pay attention after third crash involving a school bus occurs this week in Henry County

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — There have been three school bus crashes in Henry County this week, which is causing concern among community members.

The latest school bus crash occurred Friday, Nov. 12 around 8:30 a.m. when it collided with a white pickup truck on U.S. Route 220 in Fieldale near River Road.

Virginia State Police say the bus driver, as well as a witness at the scene, were able to rescue the driver of the pickup before it was engulfed in flames.

Trooper Marcus Gravely says the issues in each of these crashes are linked to drivers not paying close enough attention.

“In these crashes we’ve worked throughout Henry County, not just with the school buses, the driver and attention plays a very big part and has resulted in a crash,” said Gravely.

Monica Hatchett, Director of Communications for Henry County Public Schools, says she agrees that all drivers involved need to pay closer attention to the road.

“For us that’s a big one — not just for our drivers, but for us personally as motorists. We also encourage our school community to be extra vigilant and aware.”

Hatchett says the Henry County crisis team will get involved to evaluate how these crashes can be prevented.

Shery Locker, who has grandchildren in schools in the area, is concerned for their well-being.

“I don’t know. People talk about this all the time. My neighbors and I talk about it and we don’t have any solutions,” said Locker.

In each of the three crashes this week, Virginia State Police say the bus drivers were not at fault. However, authorities are reminding drivers to slow down and pay attention.

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