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Collision results in near miss for bus, children

DUBLIN — No children were injured Thursday when a wreck on Route 100 left them standing between their school bus and a car that was shoved onto the shoulder of the road behind them.
Virginia State Police Trooper D. M. Reece is investigating the 7:45 a.m. wreck, just west of the Town of Dublin, adjacent to Virginia Mobile Homes.
According to State Police First Sergeant Mike Honaker, the Pulaski County school bus was “lawfully” stopped on the east-bound side of the highway to pick up several children. He indicated traffic was slowing to stop behind the bus when a 1985 Ford van pulling a trailer failed to stop in time and struck the rear of a 2000 Dodge Neon stopped behind the bus.
The collision pushed the Neon off the right shoulder of the road, leaving the bus on one side of the children and the Neon on the other side. Neither the school bus nor the children were struck, Honaker said.
“We have had a great year as far as children and school bus safety,” said Honaker.
“With just a couple of school days left, we are very fortunate the three children were not struck by one of these vehicles. When you consider that school buses load and unload children about 3,200 times a day in Pulaski County, that’s an exceptional record and something for which the school system deserves credit and should be proud.”
The van was operated by Stephen Bradley McGlothlin of Pulaski and was owned by the Pulaski County School Board, Honaker said. The Dodge Neon was operated by Tony Lee Baker of Pulaski. Baker and a seven-year-old juvenile passenger were transported to the hospital by the rescue squad with minor injuries.
According to Honaker, McGlothlin was charged with reckless driving.

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Collision results in near miss for bus, children

DUBLIN — No children were injured Thursday when a wreck on Route 100 left them standing between their school bus and a car that was shoved onto the shoulder of the road behind them.
Virginia State Police Trooper D. M. Reece is investigating the 7:45 a.m. wreck, just west of the Town of Dublin, adjacent to Virginia Mobile Homes.
According to State Police First Sergeant Mike Honaker, the Pulaski County school bus was “lawfully” stopped on the east-bound side of the highway to pick up several children. He indicated traffic was slowing to stop behind the bus when a 1985 Ford van pulling a trailer failed to stop in time and struck the rear of a 2000 Dodge Neon stopped behind the bus.
The collision pushed the Neon off the right shoulder of the road, leaving the bus on one side of the children and the Neon on the other side. Neither the school bus nor the children were struck, Honaker said.
“We have had a great year as far as children and school bus safety,” said Honaker.
“With just a couple of school days left, we are very fortunate the three children were not struck by one of these vehicles. When you consider that school buses load and unload children about 3,200 times a day in Pulaski County, that’s an exceptional record and something for which the school system deserves credit and should be proud.”
The van was operated by Stephen Bradley McGlothlin of Pulaski and was owned by the Pulaski County School Board, Honaker said. The Dodge Neon was operated by Tony Lee Baker of Pulaski. Baker and a seven-year-old juvenile passenger were transported to the hospital by the rescue squad with minor injuries.
According to Honaker, McGlothlin was charged with reckless driving.

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