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Man arrested in hit-and-run crash with school bus

James P. Irvin III jailed on 35 criminal charges

LANCASTER, Pa. - Police in Lancaster County have arrested a Montgomery County man in a hit-and-run crash that injured more than a dozen children aboard a school bus last week.

James Irvin III, 46, of Norristown, was arraigned Wednesday on 35 felony and misdemeanor charges related to the May 17 crash. He was jailed on $100,000 bail.

Irvin, whose driver's license was suspended in 2004, tried to pass two tractor trailers but hit one of their escort vehicles, police said. That vehicle then sideswiped the oncoming bus, which tipped over after hitting one of the tractor trailers.

The bus was transporting 14 Lancaster Mennonite School students from Chester County. All 14 students and the 65-year-old bus driver were injured.

A 6-year-old boy who was ejected from the bus is improving but remains hospitalized, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.

Police had released surveillance video and still images of the striking vehicle in an effort to identify its driver. Investigators credited the public and media coverage, which prompted approximately 100 tips.


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