Loudoun Co. School Buses Stranded For More Than 2 Hours Due to Ice

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Three Loudoun County, Va., school buses that were carrying students were stuck on icy roads for up to two-and-a-half hours Friday morning.

Although Loudoun schools opened two hours late due to freezing rain, spokesman Wayde B. Byard says 23 out of about 800 buses still experienced difficulty on the roads.

According to Byard, no injuries were reported as a result of the buses being stranded. He is unsure of the ages of the students on the three buses that were delayed for multiple hours.

Some northern Virginia counties did decide to cancel school entirely as a result of the icy conditions.

Byard said Loudoun County had staff members driving around to check road conditions around 2 a.m. Officials also spoke with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police and monitored several weather models.

“Even given all of that, we cannot make a perfect call,” he said.

Officials decided at 4:30 a.m. to operate on a two hour delay rather than close altogether, and “some areas just iced up a little more than we thought they would,” he added.

According to Byard, all the issues were resolved by around noon.

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