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Bus drives into side of Clay City High School

Monday, November 24, 2008

The east side of the Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Gymnasium was damaged Monday evening by a Rockville Community School Corporation bus. According to Clay Community School Corporation's Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger, no structural damage was done. [Order this photo]
On Monday, Indiana State Police-Terre Haute Post, investigated an accident which damaged the east side of the Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Gymnasium.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a Rockville Community School Corporation bus carrying the Rockville High School girls' basketball teams hit the gym, denting a couple of wall panels.

According to ISP Trooper Jason Fischer, Junior Varsity Coach Jeff McCoy was preparing to shift the bus into park when his foot slipped off the brake pedal.

"This was certainly unique," Fischer said. "I have never worked an accident like this before."

Clay City Principal Jeff Bell was grateful no one was injured and told The Brazil Times the incident would not cause the school to close.

"It was a freak accident," he said. "We made sure the structure was OK and determined it was safe to go on with our scheduled athletics events for the evening."

Clay Community School Corporation's Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger said the bus damaged a couple of wall panels that are constructed of plexi-fiberglass.

"There was no structural damage done to the gym," Reberger said. "The hardest part will be trying to find panels that match because they were put in when the gym was renovated in the 1980s."

An investigation will determine the extent of the damage, from a cost perspective, which CCSC Superintendent Dan Schroeder said the two corporations would discuss.

"We'll work with the Rockville School Corporation to put together details for repairing the damage," Schroeder said.

Fischer added McCoy was not cited for the accident.

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we trust these drivers to transport our children?

-- Posted by nobob on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 8:28 PM

OMG one little mishap and now you are questioning whether they are capable of driving our children. You I am sure take your childres somewhere and they are at just as great a risk with you behind the wheel. Give the guy a break he said his foot slipped off the brake. That has happened to me before I guess you should take my license away also. I just wish all of us could be a perfect driver like you.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 9:30 PM


Agreed. My foot has slipped off clutch/brake when the bottom of my shoe has been wet as well. These things happen and that's why they are called accidents.

No matter what, vehicular accidents occur as humans are at the wheel. This driver might decide from this that he needs differently soled shoes or maybe the pad on the brake pedal needs to be replaced but other than that, I don't think any criticism of the driver is called for. Thankfully he made sure that there were no people in front of bus before he moved it. Those are the things that make a good driver; taking precautions to make sure that IF something happens, no one gets hurt.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 6:24 AM

Jenny & beautiful978 ~

Great comments ~ this incident was classified as an accident in the article ~ I think we've all had little mishaps behind the wheel or certainly close calls ~ let's not label this driver incompetent ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 7:37 AM

graydog... he is not used to using brakes??? how does he drive then?

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 10:13 AM

Cut his foot off. He obviously cannot use is appropriately. Probably a meth-head.

Throw him in a cell with Larry Sharps. That'll teach him to let his foot slip.

-- Posted by BrazilBillie on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 12:04 PM

Starting the game off with a bang!!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 2:13 PM

OMG this is crazy I go to Rockville and all these people are crying cause he barely recked into the building and it wasn't his fault.......he didn't mean to.....everyone makes mistakes.....so i think that all the people that are complaining about it just need to shove it when the sun don't shine......OK!

-- Posted by amberandnicole_bff on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 7:49 AM

The driver of the mini-bus recently lost his lower legs due to diabetic complications. He is still getting used to his prosthetic legs. Maybe we should not make judgements until we know the whole story.

-- Posted by joe2345 on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 10:11 AM

I agree that there are accidents and I also agree that everyone has them. But, What I am not agreeing with is the Clay County Transportation Training of the drivers. I no longer live in Brazil and now work for the largest transportation company in the U. S. We teach Smith System which I feel is the best tool in getting the big picture. Also our trainers go through vigorous training to be able to train the drivers to be the best, sure we still have accidents that is where i do not feel that this driver done this intentionally just better trainging for Clay County Drivers would help.

-- Posted by zandz on Thu, Nov 27, 2008, at 11:35 AM

This was not a school bus from Clay County, so how does a driver from Parke County having an accident warrant our drivers needing better training???

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Thu, Nov 27, 2008, at 11:20 PM

As far as training are Bus drivers.MOst the drivers are really good. Some I wouldnt want to but my child on there bus in good weather let alone bad. But dont bother reporting anything cause the bus driver takes it out on your kid. Cause the transortation director tells them who called. But I guess thats why there is 5 of us who take turns taking are kids to school .when we had this particular sub.driver.(who made kids get off bus & go to doors). But Are regualr dirver I would trust with my child in any weather./

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Nov 30, 2008, at 9:36 AM

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