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July 06, 2010  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Driver reports school bus sprayed with pesticide


WENATCHEE, Wash. — The state Department of Agriculture is investigating whether an East Wenatchee orchardist sprayed a school bus with a toxic pesticide last week.

A school bus driver reported that as she was driving past an orchard, a spray hit the front windshield and passenger side of the bus, which was carrying 12 junior high and high school students and had several windows open, according to a story in The Wenatchee World.

The students' families have been contacted to alert them to the incident, and there have been no reports of illness or injury as a result of the pesticide spray.

The orchardist in the area who was determined to have been spraying on the day of the reported incident says he stopped spraying when he saw the bus approaching.

The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Agriculture and the state's Attorney General.

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As someone who drives a school bus AND drives a tender truck in support of agricultural spraying operations, let me just say that it is unreasonable to expect the average school bus driver to be intimately familiar with pesticide spray schedules. Sounds to me like this was an unfortunate accident; my take is that the sprayer should have been paying a little more attention.

Pete    |    Jul 07, 2010 06:12 AM

Was this driver not smart enough to shut the windows or take another route? Don't blame a farmer for a total mistake the driver could and should have avoided. Shame on the person that gave this article the title. It makes it sound like the bus was deliberately sprayed.

Marty    |    Jul 07, 2010 05:44 AM

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