Waynesboro School Bus Crash

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

A Waynesboro school bus carrying players and coaches from girl’s basketball teams from Waynesboro High School crashed on Route 340 in Rockingham County Tuesday evening.

"He should have never been there. He should never been behind the wheel," says Dawn Bruce. She is outraged that the man driving her daughter to her basketball games is even allowed to drive. "I was very upset knowing he had prior convictions and violations."

State police charged 47-year-old Robert Swartz with reckless driving Tuesday night. But this is not the first time. He was convicted of following too close in 1999 and has had several speeding convictions over the course of two years.

TV-3 showed the court documents to Rusty Lloyd, the man in charge of hiring Swartz. Lloyd says they use a DMV report, instead of court records. And because Mr. Swartz has a valid commercial drivers license, he was allowed to drive.

"There's been nothing that has been of such a concern that would cause DMV to pull the license," says Lloyd.

Several players on the Waynesboro girl’s basketball teams now have minor injuries.

"I have a headache and it hurts a little bit but my shoulder and neck is also hurting," says Emily Corner. Another player says, "It was really scary. I don't even want to think about it."

Six players were taken to the hospital, and released.

But parent Dawn Bruce has now lost her peace of mind. "You think when they go to school activities or sports events that they're going to be safe. I was shocked. I was shocked."

The bus driver, Robert Swartz, has been suspended, until further notice.

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