CAR SLAMS BUS LOADED WITH KIDS
“She said the bus kept going and stopping, going and stopping – I told her, that is what school buses do when they drop kids off.”Carlisle Township – A School Bus loaded with 38 students from the Midview School District was struck from behind Wednesday afternoon on Grafton Road near Indian Hollow Road – Luckily, no students on board were injured.
Trooper Charlie Jackson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred while kids were getting off the bus. “The bus had come to a stop to let off some kids and a 1992 Honda Civic, traveling northbound behind it, struck it and actually got caught up underneath. It’s what we consider an under ride crash.”
Lieutenant Randy Feakins of the Carlisle Township Fire Department said they received their call from the Sheriff’s Department reporting a car under a school bus. “When we arrived we found a little Honda with the hood underneath the school bus. The driver of the Honda was outside of the vehicle uninjured but shaken up. Inside of the bus were 38 students and one driver. One child was shaken up but after speaking with the parent they said to just release her on scene.”
State Patrol contacted the Midview School District and had them dispatch another bus to the crash so they could transfer the students over.
Once all of the students were transferred over to the new bus, technicians from Dunlap’s arrived and worked to free the Honda from the grips of the hooks under the bus.
Trooper Jackson said he asked Straka-Cokaj why she struck the bus – “She said the bus kept going and stopping, going and stopping – I told her, that is what school buses do when they drop kids off.”
Straka-Cokaj was charged for Assured Cleared Distance.