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Superintendent denies scuffle caused terrible Caroline bus accident

Posted at 7:14 PM, Nov 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-03 19:54:44-05

CAROLINE, Va. -- School officials in Caroline County are still investigating Friday’s crash in the district.

“It’s an unfortunate incident,” said Dr. George Parker.

In fact, Superintendent Parker said the district hasn’t experienced a serious accident like the one on Friday in 12 years.

More than two dozen middle and high school students were transported to area hospitals after bus 59 overturned near Caroline High School.

According to the sheriff’s office, a student pulled out of the school parking lot and struck the bus, causing it to roll over.

School officials could not say if the traffic pattern in that area was to blame.

They’ve reviewed the cameras on board bus 59.

Some parents and students reported there was a scuffle between students on that bus before Friday’s crash.

Parker said that was not the case.

"We have a good safety record. We transport over 3,700 students a day on our school buses. In order to maintain that record, we have to take these matters seriously and look at any factors that would cause further harm."

CBS 6 requested a copy of the surveillance video of bus 59, but school officials declined, and said it was part of the crash investigation.