West Virginia: School bus driver arrested for DUI after crash

Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 8:44 PM EST
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A school bus driver has been arrested and charged with DUI after a fiery four-vehicle accident Thursday morning involving a Kanawha County school bus with six children on board.

A multiple-vehicle crash is shutting down all southbound lanes of I-77 in Charleston.

Emergency crews say two children were taken to the hospital after the multi-car crash at about 8 a.m. along I-77 near mile marker 99. Their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening, officials say. The bus was heading from Sissonville to Capital High School.

Susan Ann Lipscomb, 58, of Charleston was arrested and charged with three counts of driving under the influence-causing bodily injury and one count of driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle.

Another car involved in the collision caught fire. That driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the Kanawha County Schools bus transportation officials and the Kanawha County Schools security office were fully cooperative with the investigation.

Kanawha County Schools says Lipscomb has been employed since 1998. She was a substitute bus aide, then a bus aide. She started in her current role as a bus operator in September of 2005, so she has been in her current role for almost 15 years.

The communications director for Kanawha County Schools released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"We are not able to discuss personnel matters, however, all KCS bus drivers are subject to our policies and state and federal law. KCS policy G55A addresses bus drivers who are in an accident and other bus driver drug testing. We take the safety of our students very seriously and that is why this policy is very specific about driver conduct and testing pre-employment and during employment with random drug screens. Discipline for employees is covered in KCS G13 and State Code. KCS holds every driver to all laws, policies, and procedures at the county, state and federal levels. As with any KCS employee, we will follow any applicable disciplinary procedure."

UPDATE 01/16/2020 @ 8:41 a.m..

According to Charleston Police, two children were taken to the hospital after a multi-car crash along I-77 south Thursday morning. The children had minor injuries.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. at the 99 mile marker. This is near Laidley Field.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash.

One of the cars caught on fire.

Interstate 77 southbound was shut down.


A multiple-vehicle crash involving a school bus is shutting down all southbound lanes of I-77 in Charleston.

It happened just after 8 a.m. Thursday at the 99 mile marker. This is near Laidley Field.

The West Virginia 511 Traffic camera shows at least one car and a school bus.

Smoke could be seen coming from one of the vehicles.