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Twenty-Four People Taken To Hospital After School Bus Wreck In Smithers

Reported: Feb. 5, 2014 3:48 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 5:09 PM EST
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SMITHERS, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons, Mamie Buoy, WOAY-TV) -- A school bus accident on the Kanawha-Fayette County line Wednesday sent 24 people to the hospital.

The accident was reported about 3 p.m. on the Montgomery Bridge in Smithers, a 911 dispatcher said. The dispatcher said the school bus was the only vehicle involved in the accident, and the bus reportedly hit a rock.

Fayette County dispatcher Charley Bickford said the injuries were described by firefighters as minor or "walking wounded." Several patients were transported as a precautionary measure or released to their parental guardians.

Multiple agencies responded to the bus wreck -- the Boomer, Montgomery, Smithers fire departments, JanCare and Kanawha County emergency medical services, the Montgomery Police Department and West Virginia State Police.

Route 61 at the Montgomery bridge overpass is open, Bickford said.

-- Photo Credit: WOAY-TV



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