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Roanoke police investigate school bus crash

It happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of King Street and Orange Avenue.

February 02, 2011|Web Staff
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Police are investigating a school bus accident in Roanoke.

It happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of King Street and Orange Avenue.  According to police, 60-year-old Gregory Criswell of Vinton was driving the bus when he ran off the road and struck a utility pole. 

Criswell was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police say his body is being transported to the Medical Examiner's Office to determine a cause of death, but it appears he experienced a medical event. 

Criswell was the Pastor of Jordantown Wesleyan Church in Bedford, according to the church's Facebook page. 

No one else was on the bus at the time of the crash.  No other vehicles were involved.

Here is the full news release:

Roanoke Police Department Investigates School Bus Crash


Roanoke, VA- The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a school bus crash that occurred on February 2, 2011.  Officers responded at 7:03 a.m.
to the intersection of King Street and Orange Avenue.  Gregory Criswell, age 60 of Vinton, was operating a Roanoke County school bus that was traveling west on King Street when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  The vehicle came to rest in a pine tree farm.
Mr. Criswell was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His body is being transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death, however it appears at this time that Mr. Criswell experienced a medical event.  No children or other adults were on the bus at the time of the crash.  No other vehicles were involved.

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