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Children on West Virginia School Bus Injured; Truck Driver Ticketed

MASON COUNTY, WV — Twelve to Fourteen students were injured Tuesday morning on U.S. Route 35 when a Missouri truck driver slammed another tractor trailer into their school bus.  A Mason County 911 dispatcher said nine of the injured students were transported by EMS for treatment.

Mason County Sheriff’s deputies ticketed the 28 year old Missouri truck driver, Benjamin Marshal, for driving too fast and failure to maintain control of his tractor trailer.  Marshal told deputies he looked down for a moment when he slammed into the tractor-trailer in front of him causing a chain-reaction that forced the other tractor-trailer into the school bus. 

The accident shut down Route 35 for several hours and caused significant damage to the two tractor-trailers and school bus.

Mason County had to mobilize its mass casualty incident plan, according to Mason County Emergency Services Director Chuck Blake.  Mason County dispatched eight ambulances and Putnam County dispatched four.

The extent of the injuries to the children are unknown are not thought to be critical.  The drivers of the trucks were also transported to the hospital.

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