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Virginia school bus driver charged after train hits bus carrying students

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 07:40:49-05

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia bus driver has been charged after several children were injured when their school bus collided with a train on Wednesday.

Around 3:30 p.m., the bus stopped at a stop sign on Island Ford Road with the back of the bus partially hanging over nearby train tracks, according to Virginia State Police.

The railroad crossing arms came down, and the bus was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train that was unable to stop in time.

Four children on the bus suffered minor injuries in the crash and were transported to Sentara RMH for treatment. There were 16 children on the bus at the time of the crash, according to State Police.

70-year-old James A. Kite of Elkton was driving the bus. He was not injured in the crash, but troopers said he has been charged with failure to obey a traffic control device.

The conductor and engineer were the only ones on the train, and neither were injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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