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BUCKHANNON — About a dozen students were taken to  St. Joseph’s Hospital to be checked out following a rear-end collision in front of Buckhannon-Upshur High School Monday.

The wreck was reported at 7:40 a.m. when driver Brenda McCourt was stopped in the southbound turn lane at the intersection to B-U Drive waiting for northbound traffic to clear to be able to turn into B-U Drive, according to the report from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

Amanda Wingfield, the second bus driver, pulled in behind McCourt and was in the turn lane when she rear-ended McCourt’s bus.

Wingfield told investigating officer Cpl. Rodney Rolenson that she turned to look towards her left and bumped the bus in front of her.

Superintendent Roy Wager said that seven students were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS and five others were taken by parents.

“They were mainly complaining of bruises and whiplash,” he said. “We’re just glad no one got hurt more than bumps and bruises.”

Both drivers were not injured but were taken to the hospital, per state law, to be tested for illegal substances, according to Wager. The alcohol test already came back negative but the drug testing takes a week.

Substance abuse was not suspected in the report Rolenson completed.

However, the deputy did find Wingfield at fault for failure to maintain control and following too closely.

No citations were issued.

Rolenson was assisted at the scene by Chief Deputy Mike Kelley and local fire departments.

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