Two teens injured in school bus crash on I-81 in Rockingham County

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 11:10 PM EDT
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Virginia State Police confirmed a Warren County school bus was involved in a crash on I-81 North in Rockingham County on Wednesday night.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. at mile marker 261 between the Mauzy and New Market exits.

According to VSP, a highway work zone was being set up on the interstate. A highway truck, with its message board flashing to direct travel to the left lane, was traveling in the right lane to protect workers who were setting up cones.

The truck was rear-ended by the school bus.

The driver of the school bus, 48-year-old Jennifer L. Lowe, from Markham, Va., was not injured in the crash. She was wearing a seatbelt.

Two 15-year-old girls on the bus suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment.

There were 17 students on the school bus at the time of the crash.

The driver of the International, a 21-year-old man from Salem, Va., suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated on the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Lowe was charged with reckless driving.

The crash remains under investigation.

Rockingham County Public Schools posted on Facebook Thursday thanking an RCPS bus driver for helping the students involved in the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with WHSV News for updates.