Two Randolph school buses in minor accidents

ELKINS – Two Randolph County School buses were involved in separate accidents Thursday afternoon, though officials said no one was injured in either


Randy Long, director of transportation for the Randolph County school system, said Thursday the first accident happened in Beverly at approximately 6:10 a.m.

“This morning one of our newer drivers was forced to pull far right to avoid a car on her side of the road,” Long said. “The driver rubbed the bus against the guard rail, rubbing paint from the side of the bus.”

Long said no students were on the bus and the other vehicle did not stop. He said this was the bus driver’s first day on the road, adding there was only minimal damage sustained by the vehicle.

The accident happened on Files Creek Road near the Beverly Post Office, Long said.

The second accident happened at 4:15 p.m. when the driver, operating a special needs bus, moved to the right when meeting oncoming traffic, Long said.

“The driver moved far right, and with all of the rain we have received, the berm just gave way,” Long said. “The bus slid into the ditch. No one was injured and there was not a scratch on the bus.”

Long said two students were on the bus at the time of the accident, adding they were evaluated by Randolph County EMS and released to their parents. Long said the driver is a seasoned operator with more than 20 years of experience.

“In both of these accidents, there was nothing the drivers could do to avoid them from happening,” Long said. “They are trained to go to the right as far as they can to avoid a head-on collision, and they did what they should have.”