UPDATE: School Bus Rolls, Driver Cited
VALLEY TOWNSHIP — Authorities in Montour County said a school bus went off the road in slick conditions caused by snow Tuesday morning.
According to troopers, the bus was going around a corner around 7:45 a.m. The road had a coating of snow and was slushy. The bus went over an embankment, flipping onto its side.
The driver of the school bus has been cited for driving too fast for conditions.
Several students were taken to a hospital after the bus slid on a road outside Danville.
State police say 14 students were on that bus which was headed to the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. All of the students and the bus driver were taken to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville as a precaution. Three of those students were admitted and are in fair condition.
State police say a bus driver was going too fast for conditions when he tried to make a turn on Klein Road near Danville. The bus carrying 14 high school students from Danville area went over an embankment. Everyone on the bus was taken to the hospital.
Marlene Gunther lives down the road from where the crash happened and has two sons in high school.
“It’s scary to know that you entrust your children to go on the school bus and that they’re going to be safe and that happens. It’s just really scary,” Gunther said.
Investigators say the bus was headed to Columbia Montour Vo-Tech near Bloomsburg. Danville Area school officials say bad weather was not expected until later in the day. But according to state police, slick roads played a role in the bus crash.
Kim Celona lives near where the crash happened and drives on Klein Road every day.
“The schools debate about closing, should they close, it’s just a little bit of snow. But as we can see, a little bit of snow, something like that can happen.”
Some people who live in the area believe the road is so dangerous that they won’t drive there when the weather is like this, and they can’t believe a school bus would either.
“Klein Road does not have guiderails. So I think it’s a really unsafe road. You don’t know who’s coming around the other side of that hairpin turn,” Gunther said.
“It’s a narrow road. It’s a very sharp turn and there’s not really any guard rail there. That makes it a little scary. Even under good conditions, I take my time driving,” Celona said.
A representative for Geisinger Medical Center says three of the students were admitted and are in fair condition. Everyone else was treated and released.