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2 drivers charged after school bus runs off road, strikes tree

RICHMOND, Va. – Two drivers, including a school bus driver have been charged after a school bus ran off the road and struck a tree in Nottoway County Friday morning.

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Hungarytown Road at approximately 7:58 a.m.

After an investigation, police say the driver of a Kenston Forest School bus and the driver of a tractor without a trailer both ran off the road to avoid crashing into each other.

The driver of the bus, Mary Gordon, 58, of Burkeville, and the driver of the tractor-trailer cab, Geoffrey Edwards, 41, of Keysville, were traveling eastbound on Hungarytown Road.

“As the school bus exited a curve into a straight away, both vehicles were partially over on the opposite lane of travel,” said Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Keeli Hill. “To avoid a collision, both drivers veered to the right off road with the tractor striking a ditch line and the school bus striking a tree on the passenger side.”

The school bus had approximately 20 children ranging from the ages of 7 to 15, according to police.

The students and drivers were evaluated on the scene. There were no injuries reported.

Gordon has been charged with failure to drive right of highway. Edwards was charged with reckless driving; failure to maintain control, and driving suspended.

The crash remains under investigation.