Child Killed in Va. School Bush Crash
Child Killed, Dozens Injured When School Bus Collides Head-On With Garbage Truck in Va.
Associated Press | April 18, 2005
By LISA GODDARD
One child was killed and more than a dozen children were injured Monday when their school bus collided head-on with a garbage truck at a busy intersection, authorities said.
The drivers of the bus and truck were listed in critical condition, as was one of the children, said Chief Carol Sauliner of the Arlington County Fire Department. The other 13 children received minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
Arlington County Police spokesman Matt Martin said the school bus apparently was trying to make a left turn when it was hit by the truck at 8:40 a.m. at the intersection of two major thoroughfares in this Washington, D.C. suburb.
The children were students at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School. Arlington County schools spokeswoman Linda Erdos said counselors were dispatched to the school and the hospitals to work with students and families.
Willena Roney, 43, from Arlington, Va., was riding a Metrobus that came upon the gruesome accident scene. She and three others got off the Metrobus and started pulling children out of the school bus.
"A lot of them were bleeding," Roney said. "They were scared and upset."
Debris was scattered across the intersection with the front end of the bus smashed and the top half pushed back behind the front wheels.