BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–No injuries resulted when an auto driven by an Upshur County constable’s wife struck the rear of a loaded Gilmer school bus here last week, said investigating Gilmer police officer Chuck Head.
Head estimated that about 35 students were aboard the southbound bus when the car, driven by Liticia (Tish) Jenkins, 71, of Big Sandy, struck it near a skating rink on U.S. 271 Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9. Jenkins is the wife of Pct. 3 Constable Stanley Jenkins.
The bus driver was identified as Jenon Derrick, 24, of Gilmer.
Head said Jenkins stated she saw the bus halting, flashing its lights and putting out its stop sign, and that she attempted to stop. However, she was wearing a medical boot and simultaneously pressed the accelerator and brake of her 2011 Ford Taurus, the officer said.
The car, which went slightly underneath the 2015 Freightliner bus, suffered major damage, but the bus sustained only very minor damage to its bumper, said Head.
Another bus collected the students.
No traffic citations were issued at the time, Head said.