Two students injured in Augusta County school bus accident Thursday
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Two students injured in Augusta County school bus accident Thursday

Crystal Graham
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Two Augusta County Public School buses were involved in an accident this afternoon resulting in two students being sent to Augusta Health.

The buses were transporting students home from Riverheads High School, Beverley Manor Middle School and Riverheads Elementary School when one bus rear-ended the other bus at approximately 3:35 p.m. The buses were travelling north on Route 11 when the first bus slowed for a passenger vehicle in front of it that had stopped to make a left turn. The second school bus failed to brake in time and struck the rear of the first bus, according to Virginia State Police.

Two students were transported to Augusta Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Ten students were treated at the scene.

The remaining students were screened and released to their families or transported to their homes by another bus.

The family of each student involved in the accident received a personal phone call from an administrator to notify them of the situation.

Counselors and school psychologists will be available to assist students and staff at these schools Friday.

The driver of the at-fault bus was cited for following too closely.

Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.