Snowy conditions lead to 3 school bus accidents in 1 West Virginia County

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A series of accidents involving Mercer County school buses were reported during the afternoon hours on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.  Officials with the school board confirmed the accidents occurred as students were being returned home.

The first accident happened on Highland Avenue in Bluefield just before 3 p.m.  Officials on the scene said the accident appeared to be relatively minor, however there was one student who had to be taken to the hospital  There is no word on what the student was being treated for.

The next accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. along Mercer Springs Road  According to Mercer County Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers, two buses had pulled over to put on snow chains.  That is when a vehicle slid into one the buses.

About 15 minutes later there was an accident near the Princeton Walmart.  School officials said they were informed that a vehicle ran a red light and sideswiped a bus.  There were no reports of injuries in either of the later accidents.

As always, officials advise drivers to use caution in slippery conditions.  Travelers are told to give themselves more time to get to their destinations and leave plenty of room between themselves and other people on the road.  If you don’t have to go out, it is always a good idea to stay at home.

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