Four kids injured after freight train collides with Rockingham County school bus

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WDVM/WFXR) — Four children were injured and a driver has been charged after a freight train rear-ended a Rockingham County school bus Wednesday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police, around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, a bus from Rockingham County Public Schools was traveling east on Island Ford Road near the intersection of Route 640 when it stopped at a stop sign.

Police say the rear of the bus was partially over nearby train tracks.

Then, when the railroad crossing arms lowered, the back of the school bus was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train that could not stop in time.

The bus driver — identified as 70-year-old James Kite of Elkton — was not injured in the collision, but he was reportedly charged with failure to obey a traffic control device/railroad crossing sign.

Of the 16 children on the bus at the time of the crash, officials say four children sustained minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Neither the conductor nor engineer — who were the only occupants on the freight train — were hurt in the crash, according to authorities.

Virginia State Police say the investigation into this collision is still ongoing.

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