WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — A 12-year-old student of Logan Count Schools was struck by a car around 7:30 a.m. Thursday March 17.
In an interview with the Logan Banner, Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the West Virginia State Police, stated the driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Robbie Grove, was traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus when the accident occurred.
It was reported that the student was transferred to Logan Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.
The incident reportedly happened while the student was attempting to board the school bus in the town of West Logan, and the road was briefly closed while law enforcement conducted their investigation.
Garren reported the school bus’s stop lights were activated and the stop sign was in the process of swinging out when Grove failed to stop and struck the student.
Grove was reportedly arrested on a charge of passing a school bus.
While some buses throughout the state have been equipped with extended stop arms, the buses in Logan County have reportedly not received those updates.
The National Safety Council (nsc.org) states school buses are the safest way for children to commute to school. The website states riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a family vehicle and 10 times safer than walking.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov/school-buses) states that from 2001 to 2008, only one percent of student fatalities that happened during normal school hours occurred on a school bus.
At the writing of this article, Jason Browning, director of transportation and student services for Logan County Schools, declined to provide direct comment on school bus safety in Logan County stating he preferred to provide any information regarding school bus safety at a later time via the board’s public relations department.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]