Safety

4 Students, Motorist Injured in Indiana School Bus Crash

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on April 1, 2019

The school bus was carrying 20 students from Union-North United School Corp. when it was struck from behind by an SUV. Four students on board and the motorist suffered minor injuries. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police
The school bus was carrying 20 students from Union-North United School Corp. when it was struck from behind by an SUV. Four students on board and the motorist suffered minor injuries. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police
LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Four students here suffered minor injuries after a motorist crashed into the rear end of a school bus on Monday morning, police said.

The crash happened around 7:51 a.m. on the eastbound side of Pierce Rd., according to a news release from the Indiana State Police. The Union-North United School Corp. bus, driven by Laura Watts, stopped and picked up students at a bus stop, and as Watts advanced the bus from the stop, it was struck from behind by a Ford Expedition driven by Lee Motz.

Of the 20 students on board the bus, police said four were injured — two 9-year-old boys, a 5-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old girl. All were treated and released for minor injuries. Motz was taken to another hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The crash still remains under investigation, but police said that alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor.

Related Topics: Indiana, school bus crash

Sadiah Thompson Assistant Editor
Comments ( 3 )
  • Darrell

     | about 3 months ago

    Texting while driving. Distracted driving has become an epidemic in this country. Ask any school bus driver who sits high enough in the bus seat to see it. It happens all the time.

  • See all comments
More Stories
John Polli, president and CEO of Reliance Student Transportation, says the company values efficient employee training and driver recruitment.
Article

School Bus Contractor Driven to Boost Safety, Training

From purchasing and operating one school bus company to later establishing another from the ground up, Reliance Student Transportation President and CEO John Polli has proven his dedication and commitment to the school bus industry.

Video

VIDEO: Tennessee Students Raise Awareness of Illegal School Bus Passing

Loudon County Schools students raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving by sharing some of the common excuses motorists tell police when they pass a stopped school bus. (The video concept was inspired by another PSA posted in 2017 by students in Northampton, Massachusetts.)

Video

School Bus Songs: ‘Respect the Ride’

As Minneapolis (Minn.) Public Schools prepares to roll out a new school bus safety curriculum by next fall, students from Franklin Middle School want you to know a few simple rules for staying safe on the bus.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!