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SPECIAL REPORT: Are Gas Trucks Putting Students at Risk ?

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Its a growing problem in Tyler and Wetzel Counties.

Last week, law enforcement officers were on scene investigating an accident after reports indicated a natural gas truck collided with a school bus in Wetzel County. Luckily, none of the students were injured, but many in the community began questioning the safety of the students.

Two weeks before the accident WTRF.com was there looking for answers to those same questions.

Like many areas around the state, Reader, West Virginia has seen a major increase in natural gas trucks on their roads, but their size and speed are now causing serious concern.

One local resident in nearby Tyler County, told WTRF.com "It's pretty bad. 35 miles an hour is sufficient, but they run 50 to 55 miles an hour. It is dangerous! If they're running full speed with a full load, there's no way they can stop in time for a kid."

In order to prevent potential accidents between school busses and gas trucks, an order was adopted to keep the trucks off the roads during the peak hours when the students are being picked up and dropped off from school, 6:15-7:20 am and 3:30-4:40 pm.

WTRF.com's Nate Fluharty found several of the trucks were ignoring the order.

We spoke to Tyler County Superintendent Robin Daquilante about what this meant for student safety.

"It does worry me, but usually if there's a problem or concern we can figure something out. We're a small county, if our bus drivers are really thinking there's a concern for student safety they'll let us know," added Daquilante.

We chose not to single out a specific gas company, but one question that arose is how will this relatively new ordinance be enforced?

At the time of this report, we were still waiting to hear back from Tyler County Sheriff Earl Kendle Jr.

Stay with WTRF.com for continuing coverage of this investigation.