Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The driver of a pickup truck that rear-ended a stopped school bus on U.S. 220 Friday morning remains in critical condition at a Roanoke hospital.
Trevor Flora, 21, of Boones Mill was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, according to Allison Buth with Carilion.
The school bus, which was traveling north on 220, was stopped across from Dudley's Truck Stop to pick up three students when Flora's 2000 Ford F150 struck the back of the bus, according to Trooper T.C. Chattin with the Virginia State Police.
Two students at the stop had already boarded the bus, and a third student, who was boarding, was injured by debris from the impact, Chattin said. One student on the bus was transported from the scene to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Flora had to be extricated from his vehicle and his injuries were life-threatening, according to Billy Ferguson, division chief of operations with public safety.
Sixteen students were on the bus at the time, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri.
The school bus lights were activated at the time of the crash, Chattin said.
The incident, which occurred at 7:05 a.m. Friday, is under investigation by the Virginia State Police. The VSP reconstruction team examined the scene Friday, but the report was not available at press time.