Roanoke County Police Name Victim in Deadly School Bus Crash - FOX 21/27 WFXR Roanoke/WWCW Lynchburg News, Weather

Roanoke County Police Name Victim in Deadly School Bus Crash

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3:27 p.m.

Roanoke County Police just sent out an update.

Officers named the woman killed as 39-year-old Donna Jean Divers, of Wirtz (Franklin County), and the man taken to the hospital as 42-year-old Christopher Duane Garrett, also of Wirtz.

Investigators believe Divers lost control of her Nissan Altima around 8 a.m. in the 5200 block of Hunting Hills Drive (near the country club), the car slid sideways, and hit the front of the bus. Police believe Divers was speeding before the crash.

Police say the school bus driver, 69-year-old Elma Lee Roberts, of Roanoke, saw the car lose control in the distance, and hit the brakes on the bus to try to avoid the car. However, the car crossed the center line, and hit the front of the bus.


11:30 a.m.

Roanoke County Police have re-opened Hunting Hills Drive.


10:15 a.m.

Roanoke County Police say there was some initial confusion, but they have now determined that no students or bus aides were taken to the hospital.

They say the bus was headed to Cave Spring Middle School. Three special education students, one aide, and the bus driver were on board at the time of the crash.


9:27 a.m.

Roanoke County Police say one person is dead following a collision Tuesday morning involving a car and a Roanoke County school bus.

It happened sometime before 9 a.m. on Hunting Hills Drive, just north of the Country Club.

Investigators are currently on scene trying to piece together what happened, but say the car struck the front of the school bus.

Officials say the female driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger was rushed to the hospital with what appears to be serious injuries. Their names are not being released at this time.

Hunting Hills Drive while be closed for some time as the investigation continues.

Roanoke County Public Schools spokesperson Chuck Lionberger says all parents of the students on the bus have been notified, and it will be up to them whether their kids go on to school or go home for the day. He added that counselors will be made available to any of the students who want to speak with one.