Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Car-bus wreck leaves students briefly stranded

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/8/2014

HOMEWOOD — A dozen West Franklin students were stranded inside a school bus for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after the bus collided with a passenger car near Homewood.

The students were unharmed when the school bus struck a white Chevrolet Cruze about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Haskell and Idaho roads, according to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office report.

HOMEWOOD — A dozen West Franklin students were stranded inside a school bus for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after the bus collided with a passenger car near Homewood.

The students were unharmed when the school bus struck a white Chevrolet Cruze about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Haskell and Idaho roads, according to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office report.

After the wreck, the students were picked up by another West Franklin school district bus and taken home, Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin school superintendent, said. A bus driver who had completed his route and was in the area picked up the remaining students on the stranded bus, Bradbury said. School officials wanted to get the students on a new bus as quickly as possible because of the freezing temperatures Tuesday afternoon, he said.

“There were 10 to 12 children on that bus, and none of the students indicated they had any injuries,” Bradbury said.

Ople Adams, 78, a veteran bus driver with the district, also was not injured, Bradbury said.  

No citations were issued, and both drivers were wearing seat belts, Carl Bentley, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy, said at the scene.

Stephen Sahl, 59, Williamsburg, the driver of the Cruze, suffered a minor hand injury but did not require transport by ambulance, Lt. Curtis Hall, with the sheriff’s office, said.

Adams was attempting to turn the school bus left onto Idaho Road and struck Sahl’s vehicle, which was stopped in the roadway waiting for the bus to make the turn, the sheriff’s report said. The driver’s side front quarter panel, door and rear quarter panel of the Cruze were damaged, and the vehicle had to be towed from the scene, according to the sheriff’s report. The bus received minor damage and was not disabled, Hall said.

Most of the children on the bus attended Williamsburg Elementary School, and the school’s principal, Robert Allen, drove to the wreck scene to be with the students, Bradbury said.

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