School bus driver, 7 Marion Center students injured in crash

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Seven teens and a school bus driver were injured this morning in Indiana County when the driver lost control of the bus, which hit an embankment and rolled onto its side, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Six passengers, their ages ranging from 13 to 18, and driver Melinda Weaver, 44, suffered minor injuries after the wreck on Hamilton Road in South Mahoning, according to state police in the Indiana barracks.

A seventh passenger, a 16-year-old girl from Home, suffered a moderate injury.

The passengers are all students in the Marion Center Area School District.

Ms. Weaver was heading north on the dirt road at 7:15 a.m. when she lost control while driving near the edge of the road. The bus tires lost traction because of the mud, which had collected after recent rainfall, state police said in a news release.

Ms. Weaver tried to steer the bus left to get of the mud, but the back of the bus started to slide counter-clockwise, state police said. The front end of the bus hit an embankment, causing it to roll onto its passenger side.

The only passenger on the bus whose name was released is Kyler Weaver, 18, of Marion Center. The others who were not identified because they are juveniles were two girls, 14 and 15, of Marion Center; and three girls, 13, 15 and 16, and a boy, 15, of Home.

The Plumville volunteer fire department helped state police at the scene.

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Molly Born:, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published May 28, 2013 12:45 AM


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