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Loudoun County school bus in accident in Purcellville

Sixteen children were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after a bus crash in Purcellville.  Photo courtesy Kyla Heimburger
A Loudoun County School bus was involved in an accident Sept. 20 in Purcellville.

The accident occured in the 36900 block of Main Street, in front of the Loudoun County Golf and Country Club, at around 7:33 a.m. The bus was bringing children to Mountain View Elementary.

According to Wayde Byard, public information officer for Loudoun County Public Schools, the school bus veered off the side of the road, drove through a fence and into a pine tree. The crumple zone in the front of the bus sustained significant damage, but was able to absorb the brunt of the shock.

"The bus did what it was supposed to do," Byard said.

There were 37 students riding the bus, and 16 were taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital. The injuries, Byard said, were largely minor, such as nose bleeds and cuts, but two children were placed on back boards as a precaution. Additionally, the bus driver was also taken to the hospital.

The parents of the children on the bus received two calls via ConnectED notifying them of the accident, and Mountain View principal Jerry Hill was on scene.

Removal of the bus from the accident began at around 9:45 a.m.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

This is an ongoing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.


“The injuries, Byard said, were largely minor, such as nose bleeds and cuts, but two children were placed on back boards as a precaution”

My 6 year old nephew, pictured here, has a huge gash in his knee that reaches his kneecap, he had 15 stitches and had to see a surgeon at the pediatric hospital.
A neighbor saw the bus driver at the grocery store two days later who said she was “ANGRY” about the article being in the paper at all, and did not ask about the children once. She said she doesn’t even remember picking any kids up on their street. What kind of strep throat medication does that?

My nephew was in the front seat, flew forward almost into the windshield which was completely shattered, and his seat collapsed and broke in half. He flew into the engine block that was sticking through. I dont’ think that is a minor scrape or bruise!

You have to wonder how this bus driver got this position, if in fact the bus driver lost consciousness due to health issues? I can see a lawsuit coming to LCPS.
I agree with the seat belts too. Kids should be strapped in.

seat belts anyone?  maybe our buses need seat belts

The neighborhood in which these kids were bused from is more than 4 miles from the school, so no, they would not have been safer walking to school. 

I was very impressed with the school’s response and the flow of information to parents whose children who attend Mountain View Elementary.  The driver had a medical emergency and lost consciousness and thankfully it was on a road with a low speed limit.

They would have been safer walking to school.

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