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CCSD bus driver to face charges for recklessly endangering, injuring passengers

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Campbell County School District bus driver has been pulled from her route and will face criminal charges for injuring students with her driving, Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said Wednesday. 

The driver — identified on Nov. 8 as a 25-year-old woman — was operating a school district bus on Nov. 2 while being encouraged by her passengers to drive fast over bumps, Wasson said Nov. 8.

She was traveling at approximately 30 mph when she hit a bump in an intersection within the Harvest Moon subdivision, resulting in injuries to four of her nine passengers, per Wasson. 

One of the passengers told a parent about the incident, who in turn notified school district officials, Wasson said, adding that the 25-year-old woman was removed from her route and the Gillette Police Department was called to investigate. 

Wasson had initially declined to release details in the days following the crash citing an ongoing investigation. He released the information on Nov. 8 stating that officers had only recently completed witness interviews. 

The 25-year-old woman will be charged with nine counts of reckless endangerment, Wasson said, with prosecutors alleging her driving placed all of her passengers at risk of serious bodily injury or death. 

As of Nov. 8, the 25-year-old woman has not been arrested, per Wasson.