Injured student helped driver in school bus wreck

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Injured student helped driver in school bus wreck

By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews


Friday's collision forced the school bus off the road near Hanover in Wyoming County.

Photo courtesy WVVA-TV/Mike Bailey

A Westside High School student injured in a bus wreck Friday ignored his own injuries to help his bus driver.

“He actually got out of his seat and went directly to the driver to make sure she was all right,” said Jeff Hylton, director of transportation for the Wyoming County Board of Education. “He actually cut her seat belt to help her when she was in a lot of pain to get her on the floor and make her more comfortable. Then there were some fire department people on scene and he exited the bus.”

Hylton couldn’t release the name of the teenager who offered aid to the driver and was then taken to the hospital himself. The bus crashed near Hanover Friday afternoon in an area known as Steeles Hollow.

“The bus and the driver of the other vehicle had a head on collision,” said Hylton. “The bus stopped on an embankment and the embankment gave way causing it to slip over the hill.”

There were five students, all from Westside High on board. The one student who rendered aid to the driver was the only one injured and his injuries were slight. Hylton said the driver’s injuries were more serious, but she had no broken bones. The condition of the driver in the vehicle is unknown.

The bus security camera captured the actions of the student and another who went to assist the driver.

The crash remains under investigation. The last time a Wyoming County bus was involved in an accident was February, but it wasn’t nearly as serious, Hylton said.