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Low-Speed Collision Between School Bus, Dump Truck

Posted On November 20, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Ripley County, Ind.) – No students were injured when a dump truck struck a South Ripley Community Schools bus at low speeds Friday, November 17.

The accident occurred in the morning as 32 students were being transported to school on County Road 300 West. According to a statement from the school corporation, the bus was behind a small dump truck that was having mechanical issues.

“The bus pulled into the left lane to go around the truck.  As the bus was attempting to go around the truck, the truck driver did not notice the bus and made a left turn to try to pull the truck off to a grassy area at the left side of the road.  The truck made contact with the front right quarter of the bus while both were moving at very low speed,” the school district statement read.

The bus driver checked all the students and confirmed they were all okay. The students were transferred to a different bus and taken to school where they were further assessed by school personnel and the building nurses.

Parents of each of the students aboard the bus were contacted by school administrators.

“I am grateful that there were no apparent injuries as a result of the incident involving our school bus this morning.  I appreciate the actions that were taken by everyone involved to ensure the safety and well-being of our students,” South Ripley Schools Superintendent Rob Moorhead stated.

School Resource Officer Jeff Thielking is completing the accident investigation.