The Roanoke County Police Department has identified the woman who was killed in an accident Tuesday morning that involved a school bus.
Investigators say 39-year-old Donna Divers of Wirtz died after losing control of the Nissan Altima she was driving, which then crashed into a school bus.
A passenger in her car, 42-year-old Christopher Garrett of Wirtz, was seriously hurt in the accident.
Although the investigation is ongoing, police have determined that speed was a factor in the crash.
Divers and Garrett were not wearing seat belts, police say.
The driver of the school bus has been identified as 69-year-old Elma Roberts of Roanoke. An investigation revealed that Roberts saw Divers’ car lose control, so she applied the bus’ brakes to avoid the car.
But the Nissan Altima crossed the center line and hit the front of the bus.
Three students, an aide, and a bus driver were on the bus when it was hit. Nobody on the bus was seriously hurt. The bus was headed to Cave Spring Middle School.
The accident happened around 8 a.m. on Hunting Hills Drive, near the Hunting Hills Country Club.
UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: A woman is dead and her passenger, a man, was seriously hurt after the car she was driving swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a school bus around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Roanoke County Police haven't made any specific determination, but continue to investigate the crash. No one on the bus was seriously hurt.
WDBJ7 spoke with a woman who lives near the site of the accident.
Danielle Wise was blowing leaves on her back porch, when she heard a loud boom.
Once she went around to the front of her house and saw a school bus, her concern grew.
“I immediately, being a former school teacher, panicked," Wise said. “So I got on the bus. So the kids were all fine and the bus driver was shaken, but she was fine and there was an aide. Everyone was fine.”
Wise is a retired band teacher who taught at Cave Spring Middle.
That's where the bus with three special education students, a driver, and an aide was headed before the accident.
“At this point everything's still preliminary,” Roanoke County Police Sergeant Sgt. Tim Wyatt said. “We're looking at a lot of things trying to determine speed. The only thing we do know is that the car ended up on the wrong side of the road.”
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.