On Friday, January 16, 2009 at 10:03 a.m. Officers of the Martinsburg Police Department responded to a two vehicle crash involving a Berkeley County School Bus and a Plymouth Voyager van in the 1300 block of Del Mar Orchard Road.
The investigation concluded that the van, operated by a 16 year old Martinsburg male, was traveling north on Del Mar Orchard Road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the opposing traffic lane and collided head on with a Berkeley County School Bus traveling south. There were two juvenile passengers within the van in addition to the driver. All three were transported to City Hospital with incapacitating injuries, but none appeared to be life threatening. The female driver of the school bus was not injured. There were no children on the bus.
The driver of the van has been charged with Failure to Maintain Control, Driving Left of Center, Seatbelt Violation and No Proof of Insurance. Also responding to assist at the scene was the Martinsburg Fire Department and EMS, the Berkeley County Ambulance Authority, the West Virginia Division of Highways and the City of Martinsburg Public Works Department.