Woman injured in school bus crash

A woman driving a car struck a school bus transporting children in Front Royal Wednesday morning.

The bus was traveling on Remount Road at 8:45 a.m. to take children to Ressie Jeffries Elementary School when the woman hit the bus on its right side, Warren County Fire Chief Richard Mabie said. Neither the children nor the driver on the bus were injured in the crash, Mabie added, but the woman driving the car had to be airlifted to Fairfax Medical Center for treatment for head injuries sustained in the crash.

Aaron Mitchell, the director of transportation for Warren County Public Schools, said that there was “significant” damage to the bus from the crash. He noted that there was body damage and the rear axle was broken away from the bus. Mitchell said the children on the bus were unharmed even though the bus was significantly damaged.

“That’s why we preach that school buses are so much safer than anything else to ride on,” Mitchell said, noting that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that children are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when traveling by bus.

Virginia State Police did not immediately respond to requests for additional information about the crash.