School bus involved in morning crash

An early morning crash involving multiple vehicles, including a school bus, sent several people to the hospital, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police.

“The first vehicle was a 2011 International tractor-trailer being operated by a Tommy Ray Seldomridge, age 71, from Frankford, West Virginia,” Tyler said. “He was northbound on 522 when he (came) up behind a 2012 Ford pickup that was being operated by a Jason C. Johnson, age 63, from Front Royal. He had two passengers, Angelique Hanna, age 30, and a Mark Lewis, age 58. … His (Seldomridge’s) vehicle struck the rear of the Ford truck.”

The tractor-trailer driver was uninjured in the crash. Tyler said the three occupants of the truck were taken to Warren Memorial Hospital with “minor injuries.”

The impact from that collision then caused the Ford truck to crash into a 2000 International school bus owned by Warren County Schools. It was stopped at the time of the crash and was picking up children.

“At the time of the crash there were only two occupants, an 11-year-old male student and Tracy L. Lawson, 46,” Tyler said of those on the bus. “Both of them were taken to Warren Memorial Hospital and the trooper described their injuries as minor.”

Tyler said that charges were placed on the tractor-trailer driver.

“The crash was investigated by trooper K.J. Orr and based on his investigation he charged the tractor-trailer driver with following too closely,” Tyler said, adding that Orr was assisted at the scene by Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Warren County Fire and Rescue.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.