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Calhoun County school bus driver arrested for DUI after wrecking with 19 students on board

A bus driver in Calhoun County is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving under the influence and wrecking Monday evening, according to a press release from the West Virginia State Police.

Several students were injured in the wreck.

“On Monday, March 4, 2024, at 6 p.m., Corporal BE Young was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a Calhoun County school bus on West Virginia Route 16 (South Calhoun Hwy),” according to the release.

“Upon arrival Corporal Young determined that the bus driver, Jeffrey Brannon, lost control of the school bus, traveling off the right roadway edge, and the driver overcorrected causing the bus to roll over on its side coming to rest in the middle of WV RT 16.  The activity bus was transporting 19 students at the time of the crash.  Multiple students were transported to area hospitals to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

“The bus driver, Jeffrey Brannon, 54, of Arnoldsburg, WV, was arrested at the scene for DUI and transported to the Grantsville State Police Detachment for processing. Mr. Brannon was then transported to Calhoun County Magistrate Court.  Mr. Brannon was charged with three counts of DUI causing bodily injury and three counts of child neglect resulting in serious injury. Additional charges are forthcoming.

“Mr. Brannon was transported to Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.  This incident remains under investigation.”

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