CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A double-amputee who was allegedly driving under the influence on a suspended license rear-ended a Kanawha County school bus with several students on board Tuesday afternoon.
Charles Buckland Jr., 46, of East Bank, is missing both legs and was using a cane to work the brake and gas pedals in a Lincoln Town Car, State Police Sgt. Larry O’Bryan said. The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Paint Creek Road at Middle Patch Road.
The bus had stopped to let students off when the crash occurred.
Kanawha County Metro 911 initially reported there were injuries, but dispatchers later said there were none. No injuries were reported at press time, but dispatchers said a person was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital. They could not confirm if it was one of the drivers or a student.
Several parents planned to take their children to the hospital to be checked out after the crash, O’Bryan said.
He told troopers at the scene that he took a 30-milligram OxyContin pill and a Klonopin at 11 a.m., and then took an oxymorphone pill at 1 p.m.. but later, at his arraignment, he asked police to tell him what pills he took…