UPDATE: Students followed strict bus protocol in Route 47 wreck

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 2/20/2020 4:02 P.M.

The fatal wreck on Route 47 prompted the students on the school bus to follow strict protocol for traumatic situations.

Although the students were shaken at first, it only took 30 minutes to get all of the students off of the bus, and into a new bus that would take them to Kanawha Elementary School.

There, they were met by nurses and counselors, who checked out every single student to make sure they were alright before being sent home to their parents.

One student was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but they are fine and have no major injuries.

The students were, however, worried not just about their fellow classmates, but the others involved in the wreck.

"What concerned me yesterday, was it was a flat-nosed bus," said Superintendent William Hosaflook. "That driver is absolutely right on the road. Almost every student asked how the bus driver was doing. And, the bus driver is alright, she did a wonderful job, the kids were so appreciative of her, and she's really a hero."

Wood County Schools sends deepest condolences to the friends and family of David Shutts, who passed away from the crash.


UPDATE 2/19/2020 9:11 P.M.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says it appears David Shutts of Little Hocking crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a Wood County school bus, dying in the crash.

Shutts, 27, worked at WVU-Parkersburg as an admissions counselor.

You can read his complete obituary by clicking on the link to the right of this article.


One person was killed Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision with a Wood County school bus on Route 47 near West Virginia University Parkersburg, authorities said.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens confirmed that there were children on the bus and that the person who died was in the other vehicle.

Wood County Schools Superintendent William Hosaflook said between 17 and 19 children were on the bus and that one child was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark to be treated for a "very minor" injury.

After the crash, Hosaflook said the children on the bus were taken to Kanawha Elementary School where they were released to their parents.

The Wood County Crash Team is investigating the crash, which happened about 4 p.m. and closed both lanes of the highway.

Authorities have not released information about the person who died.

We have a reporter at the scene and will have a live report on WTAP News @ 6. We'll also have updates online and during our evening newscasts.