School Bus Driver Killed in Farming Accident

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WEST HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP -- A family and a community are mourning the death of a beloved school bus driver after a tragic farming accident.

Family members say Calvin Straub died Saturday doing something he loved doing: farming.

His death left his family in complete shock.

"When you got here, you hoped it wasn't what you heard," said his daughter Felicia Koser.

According to family members, Straub was hauling firewood on his tractor and tried to make a sharp turn. He lost control causing the tractor to roll over.

His son Donnie was right behind him when it happened.

"He got off the road a little bit. It was moist and it brought the tractor over on top of him," Donnie Straub said. "It was just an accident I never thought would happen, never. He's going to be missed big time."

Donnie said his father loved farming. Calvin even had his own collection of antique tractors.

Calvin Straub was a beloved bus driver for the Danville Area School District for more than 30 years.

"It's a loss, not just for us as a family but for a whole community," said Melissa Kolenda, Straub's daughter.

The family says there has been an outpouring of support from the community and they are grateful.

"It's hard and comforting at the same time. It's nice to know how loved he was and that they are extending that love to his family," added Kolenda.

A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Vineski Funeral Home in Danville.

The family asks that any donations be made to the Montour Antique Farm Machinery Collector's Association.

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