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Local bus driver dies in accident

September 15, 2012
By Casey Houser Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A Randolph County school bus driver was killed this week while driving an all-terrain vehicle on his property.

Danny Lee Taylor, 50, was attempting to drive up an embankment Thursday when the ATV flipped over, according to information from the West Virginia State Police.

Trooper D.T. Stallings was notified of the single-vehicle accident near Dailey at approximately 6:45 p.m., and Taylor was pronounced dead at approximately 6:50 p.m., according to a news release from police. His body was transported to Davis Memorial Hospital.

Taylor's wife, Renee, was riding as a passenger on the ATV at the time of the accident. She was injured and transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital, police said. Her condition wasn't available Friday.

As a school bus driver, Danny Taylor was involved with transporting students to and from George Ward Elementary, Homestead Elementary and Tygarts Valley Middle High schools.

"He would always have a smile on his face," said Frances McLaughlin, principal of George Ward. "He seemed to be very caring about the kids and the community."

McLaughlin said her students were aware of the tragic event after hearing about it through the community.

Food and flowers are being donated from the school to Taylor's family, and school officials are in the process of creating a monument in his honor.

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