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Drugs a factor in fatal state school bus-car crash, state medical examiner says

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A report from the state medical examiner says drugs contributed to a school bus-car crash in Berkeley County that killed a Virginia man.

A car driven by 42-year-old Mark Allen Diggs crossed the median on Interstate 81 and hit the front of a Berkeley County school bus on May 2. Diggs was killed and 11 students on the bus were injured.

State Police Cpl. J.B. Flanigan tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that the medical examiner's autopsy report shows Diggs died from multiple blunt force injuries.

The report also says abuse of oxycodone and alprazolam were a contributing cause.

Oxycodone is a painkiller and alprazolam is prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders.




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