Vehicle strikes school bus near Maurertown

A child was transported to the hospital after a vehicle struck a stopped Shenandoah County school bus Wednesday on U.S. 11. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office

A Maurertown woman has been charged with reckless driving after the vehicle she was driving struck the back of a stopped Shenandoah County school bus carrying 15 students Wednesday morning.

One 11-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to a news release from state police spokeswoman Deborah Cox.

Lori O. Cobern, 43, of Maurertown, was driving a Jeep Cherokee when her vehicle struck the back of the bus at 7:16 a.m. while the school bus “was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 11 with its lights and school crossing bar activated,” according to the release.

Cox said the crash occurred just south of Sawmill Lane near Maurertown.  She noted that Coburn was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said that both lanes of U.S. 11 were affected by a lane closure for about an hour.

Trooper J.D. Rothwell investigated the crash, which remains under investigation, the release states.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com