School bus driver charged in Dinwiddie crash that sent 22 students to hospital

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. --  The driver of one of the school buses involved in a crash on Boydton Plank Road, near Hofheimer Way, in Dinwiddie Thursday afternoon, was charged with following too closely.

Officials said there were 32 students on one bus and 41 students on the other bus. The students on the buses were from Dinwiddie Middle and Dinwiddie High.

Emergency crews helped to transport approximately 22 students to Southside Regional Medical Center and John Randolph Hospital with minor injuries.

"Virginia State Police were notified of a crash involving a bus and two other vehicles at approximately 3:03 p.m.," a Virginia State Police spokeswoman said. "At this time, northbound lanes are blocked."

State police said a school bus on Boydton Plank Road had stopped for a braking pickup truck when a second school bus bus failed to stop and rear-ended the first school bus. The impact of that crash pushed the first bus into the back of the pickup.

Sharmon Barr said her daughter contacted her on the cellphone and said the bus was hit. Her son soon after took the phone and said his sister was being transported to the hospital.

CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit, who arrived at the crash scene at about 3:30 p.m., saw two people put on the stretcher.

The crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here. The wreck is still under investigation, and no charges have been pressed at this time.

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