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Dinwiddie school bus driver charged in crash injuring 14 kids

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DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) -

A Dinwiddie County school bus driver faces reckless driving charges for a crash that sent at least 14 elementary school students to the hospital.

State police say Linda Moss was taking children to Sutherland Elementary School when she lost control along River road. 

A hospital spokesperson says those kids suffered mostly cuts and bruises, but one mom says her son got a concussion when the bus ran into a tree. 

Bus 79 was buried under branches for the better part of the morning. It's the same bus Kimberly Tucker's youngest son got on Monday. 

"I can't even describe the feeling I was having," said Tucker. "This is was not the call I was expecting to get so I just panicked. So I'm just glad he's okay. 

7-year-old Raphael Tucker suffered a minor concussion. 

"He was kind of shaken up and crying," said Tucker.  

He spent the day in the hospital, but Kimberly is glad he'll recover. State Police say the bus driver, Linda Moss, was driving west on River road near Wrenn Forrest drive, a few miles from school, when she swerved to avoid hitting an animal. She lost control and finally stopped in the tree line - a sight neighbors couldn't believe. 

"I was actually asleep and heard a couple of booms," said Dallas Hancock. "I thought my wife had left the TV on and then I got up and saw all the lights." 

Dallas Hancock saw half a dozen rescue crews out here. 14 of the 41 students on board went to the hospital with minor injuries.  

"I've seen the children," said Southside Regional Medical Center Spokesperson Terry Tysinger. "They're responding and doing well. I've seen some of them reading books. Unfortunately, the accident happened, but the best possible outcome was realized." 

State Police say the bus driver, who was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control, was mostly concerned with the safety of her kids after the wreck.  

The hospital says those students should be treated and released Monday. The Dinwiddie County School system said the bus driver will be replaced with a substitute until the investigation is complete.

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