Four high school students hurt when van runs into stopped bus

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By Jesef Williams

Four students were treated and released for minor injuries after the school bus they were riding in was hit from behind Monday morning.

The bus was stopped on Chesterfield Avenue to pick up students when a 1999 green Chevrolet van struck it. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. near the Nichols Road intersection.

Lancaster police estimate that the van was traveling 20 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The bus driver had all of the safety lights on when the van struck, according to a Lancaster Police Department accident report.

The four students, who all attend Lancaster High School, were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and treated for back aches and other minor injuries. They were the only students aboard at the time of the accident.

"All of them were treated and released," said Bryan Vaughn, director of safety and transportation for the school district "There weren't any serious injuries."

Neither of the drivers was injured, though the bus driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The damage to the van is estimated at $1,000, and the bus damage is estimated at $300.

Donna Plyler Rabon, the driver of the van, was charged with following too closely.

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