No one hurt in school bus accident
January 12, 2012
No students were injured in a rear-end collision involving a school bus on Manhattan Way in the Gardnerville Ranchos around 8:30 a.m.Thursday, according to preliminary reports.
“My understanding is that while stopped, the bus was rear-ended by a private vehicle,” said Douglas County School District Superintendent Lisa Noonan. “Early reports were no injuries.”
The accident blocked the eastbound lane of Manhattan for about an hour while a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper checked out the bus and children were transferred to another bus. The driver of the white GMC pickup involved in the crash was filling out a report.
Noonan said the subject bus was on normal route No. 7 headed for Meneley Elementary School.
“Another bus was dispatched as soon as it happened to continue on the route and pick up children who were standing outside waiting to go to school,”
Noonan said. “Then it circled back around to the accident, and once they got the OK from law enforcement, students were transferred onto the new bus.”
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Noonan said the district performed a roster check to account for all students and also informed parents of the situation.
She encouraged motorists to be extra vigilant when following school buses.
“Whenever you see buses at the beginning or end of the day, especially with children on them, they’re doing their routes,” she said. “They make frequent stops. With younger children, the stops are even more frequent, sometimes each block. Please be patient and understanding. Everyone has places to go and a job to get to, but please be alert. Expecting a bus to stop is a great
way to approach it when you see one.”