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Trucker charged with homicide in fatal crash with Derry school bus

Patrick Varine
| Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
State Police investigate a fatal accident involving a tri-axle truck and an empty school bus along Rt. 22 West near Auction Barn Road in Derry earlier this month.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
State Police investigate a fatal accident involving a tri-axle truck and an empty school bus along Rt. 22 West near Auction Barn Road in Derry earlier this month.

A driver for a Washington Township trucking company has been charged with homicide in connection with the death of a Derry Area School District bus driver.

Deborah Bopp, 54, of Blairsville died at the scene of an April 2017 crash on Route 22 in Derry Township.

Wesley White, 60, of Hanover was driving a tri-axle truck hauling stone when his vehicle struck the back of Bopp’s bus as she slowed to pick up a student. Bopp was ejected from the vehicle despite wearing her seat belt, state police said.

White was also charged with following too closely, careless driving and reckless driving.

Bopp drove for Smith Bus Co. in Burrell Township, Indiana County, which has a contract with the Derry school district.

White was employed by P&B Transportation Inc. in Washington Township. He did not return to work following the crash, and P&B officials said he has resigned.

"Again, we are saddened by the events of last year and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of Deborah Bopp," P&B officials said in an emailed statement. "We are not at liberty to comment further as the investigation is ongoing."

A preliminary hearing date has not been set.

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