Child in good condition after crash

Published 11:00 am Friday, November 14, 2008

CHESAPEAKE — A child involved in the car-school bus accident Thursday morning remains in good condition in Cabell Huntington Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, according to hospital spokesman Charles Shumaker.

Around 7:30 Thursday morning a car driven by Paula Collins of the Chesapeake area went left of center and hit a Chesapeake school bus on Big Branch Road.

Three children, all siblings, were passengers in Collins’ car and were taken by their father to an area hospital. Two were treated and released but an 8-year-old girl was transported to Cabell, according to a family member, who asked that her name and the child’s name not be used.

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The child was diagnosed as having internal bleeding in the head, the family member said.

Collins, who was transported by ambulance to Cabell, was treated and released, according to Shumaker. She was cited by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for failure to control a motor vehicle, a minor misdemeanor, according to Trooper Dean Hunter, who investigated the accident.

“She was coming down a hill in a curve and for whatever reason went completely left of center across the double yellow lines,” Hunter said.

There were no injuries reported from Thomas Woods, the school bus driver, and the 18 children on the bus.