Teen charged in school bus crash

FRONT ROYAL — Police  report a 16-year-old boy was texting and driving a pickup truck Thursday afternoon when he rear-ended a Warren County school bus at the intersection of Dungadin Road and Stonewall Jackson Highway.

The school bus was stopped to unload students at the entrance to Dungadin Road, and had its flashing red lights and stop sign on when the boy hit it. The bus driver told police that she had eight passengers on board at the time, all between 7 and 14 years old. No one was injured in the crash.

Deputies on the scene assisted in getting students off of the bus and to their parents. The boy admitted to police that he was texting when he ran into the back of the school bus, and he was issued a summons for reckless driving and texting while driving.

Capt. Michael Arnold, of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, said it was unlikely that Thursday’s storm was a factor in the crash, and that the boy’s texting while driving was the primary cause.

In Virginia, texting while driving is a primary offense and carries a fine of $125 on the first violation, increasing to $250 on the second.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com