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May 13, 2014

School bus near-miss ends safely

WEST TERRE HAUTE — There were no serious injuries Tuesday when a Vigo County School Corp. bus left a rural roadway to avoid an oncoming vehicle on a tight curve.

The incident took place on a blind curve at Vandalia Place and Mayhew Avenue in western Vigo County not far from the Illinois state line. Police and witnesses said an oncoming vehicle caused the bus to move too far to the right in order to avoid a collision in the curve, which is also on a hill.

The bus ended up mostly off the roadway, tilted to the side with its right-side wheels in a shallow ditch.

The bus was carrying students from West Vigo Middle School and High School, said Dan Tanoos, superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp.

“We have great bus drivers who always put the safety of our kids first,” Tanoos said. The driver took evasive measures to avoid a collision, he said.

There was no contact between the vehicles, and the sheriff’s department was contacted immediately after the incident, Tanoos said.

About 20 students were on the bus a the time of the incident, said some students who had been on the bus at the time and remained at the scene.

One girl received a bump on her forehead, according to her mother, who was picking her up at the scene. The girl had a red mark on her head, which the student said resulted from being jostled around inside the bus and striking her forehead on a window.

Tanoos also said another student was taken by parents to a local hospital with complaints of a foot injury associated with the incident.

Shortly after the incident, another bus arrived at the scene to take the children home, Tanoos said. Because there wasn’t much of a delay in getting the students home, it was not necessary to contact parents, he said.

Police had no description of the other vehicle involved, according to a sheriff’s deputy at the scene. The vehicle did not remain at the scene after the near-collision.

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