A Carroll County school bus driver has been charged with reckless driving as the result of an accident involving a bus and a vehicle May 2 in Hillsville.
According to Hillsville Police Department Officer Shannon Goad, the accident took place between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 58 in Hillsville near Interstate 77’s Exit 14. Goad said bus driver Paul Benny Henley, 62, of Allisonia, was traveling west on U.S. 58 in school bus #57. The bus was making its way to the Carroll County Recreation Department and was in the left lane under the bridge at I-77 at the second light. Goad said Holly Dawn Jennings, 28, of Fancy Gap, was sitting at the red light in a 2013 Ford Escape when the bus hit her vehicle in the rear end.
Goad estimated damage to the Ford Escape at $5,000. There was no visible damage to the school bus. There were a total of 42 kids on the school bus, but fortunately none of them were injured or had to seek medical attention, Goad said. Students were transferred to Bus #27 to be transported home. There were three occupants in the Ford Escape – the driver, a passenger and a child in the back. Goad said they were checked by EMS at the scene, but were uninjured. The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department also responded, but cleared the scene not long after arriving.
Goad said the school bus was towed in and inspected Wednesday morning by the Virginia State Police.
“Nothing was wrong with the bus mechanically, so Mr. Henley was charged with reckless driving,” Goad said. We were just lucky nobody was hurt.”
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