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VSP: School Bus Driver Charged in Connection to Multi-Vehicle Crash

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

An Augusta County school bus driver has been charged after authorities say he caused a chain-reaction crash Thursday morning.

Virginia State Police say a bus driven by 62-year-old Walter L. Robertson Jr. failed to stop in time and ran into the back of a Subaru Legacy on Lee Highway around 7:40 a.m. Thursday, May 11.

The Subaru was then pushed into a Nissan Xterra, which was pushed into a Toyota Sienna minivan.

Robertson is charged with following too closely.

Thirteen students were on the school bus at the time of the crash. Three of those students complained of minor injuries, and were checked out by medical crews at the scene.

Authorities say the 23-year-old driver of the Subaru was treated at Augusta Health for minor injuries. No one in the Nissan or Toyota was injured in the crash.

5/11/2017 Release from Virginia State Police:

At 7:43 a.m., Thursday (May 11), Virginia State Police Trooper S.J. Nicely Jr., responded to a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Augusta County.

An Augusta County Public Schools bus was traveling south on Lee Highway. As the school bus approached the intersection at Ford Defiance Road, it failed to brake in time and struck a Subaru Legacy stopped for the red light. The impact of that crash sparked a chain reaction in which the Subaru rear-ended a Nissan Xterra which then rear-ended a Toyota Sienna minivan.

The driver of the school bus, Walter L. Robertson Jr., 62, of Staunton, Va., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. Thirteen students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Three students complained of minor injuries and were checked at the scene.

The driver of the Subaru, a 23-year-old Mt. Sidney, Va. male, was transported to Augusta Health for treatment of minor injuries.

No one in the Nissan or Toyota was injured in the crash.

Robertson was charged with following too closely.