A school bus accident north of Fincastle this morning sent 13 students to the hospital with undetermined–but apparently minor–injuries. It happened about 8:20 a.m. on Zion Hill Road. A nearby resident who happened upon the accident says the students got out on their own and cared for each other until help arrived. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-23-School-Bus-Wrap_WEB.mp3|titles=05-23 School Bus Wrap_WEB]
State Police say 39 students were aboard the bus. Most were heading for Central Academy, a middle school; the rest are James River High School students. State Police identify the driver as Mary Elizabeth Esque of Eagle Rock. She tells police she was distracted by a student and looked up at the large center rear view mirror just as the bus topped a short hill and reached a curve. Esque is charged with reckless driving and has been placed on administrative leave by Botetourt County Schools.