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Farm vehicle, bus involved in accident

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No injuries were reported during an early Tuesday morning accident involving a school bus and a farm vehicle.

Around 7:30 a.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident scene in an area near County Road 1200 North and CR 500 W.

According to a press release by CCSD Dep. Brad Hardey, no injuries were reported in the accident, but a portion of CR 1200 N was closed for a while to allow officials time to investigate the accident.

Apparently, the two vehicles brushed against one another while traveling opposite directions on a narrow portion of the road.

After being checked for injuries, the 10 children were transferred to another bus that completed the bus route and took the children to school.

Clay Community School Corporation Transportation Director Frank Misner, who was at the accident scene, told The Brazil Times the damage to the bus was believed to be minimal, but repair costs have not been established at this time.

Two tires on the farm vehicle were damaged during the accident and were later repaired at the scene.

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I understand that farmers have a job to do, but farm equipment takes up the entire road. You can't go around them & they cause traffic problems. IMO, they are a traffic hazard.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 11:09 PM

LOL.........not traffic hazard, just traffic. If you look around the county, you'll find more ground under the plow than under pavement. You will also find that a lot of our tax base is in agriculture. This is neither good nor bad, it is simply a fact. This is not the first such accident and it isn't going to be the last.

Watch out for our farmers and each other.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 1:54 AM


lol. If the equipment weren't as wide as it is the roads would be even narrower! Haven't you noticed that the width of roads are wide enough to handle a combine? I do believe that that alone is what determines our county road widths. Be thankful for the farm equipment or we would still have two rut wagon roads! I always try to pull off into a driveway to let farm equip pass more easily. If I can't I just pull over and stop as better to collide at slow speed than fast. Obviously a bus can't pull off easily. It's spring and lots of farmers moving from field to field. Terre Haute traffic has to allow for rail road crossings taking time out of their commute. We have to allow for farm equipment. Just a fact of living out in the country.

I spent spring break in Philadelphia and Washington DC. A lone tractor on the road would have been a breeze compared to driving there. We've got it easy, even with the poor road conditions.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 7:11 AM

th1953 ~

Where would you get your food without the farmers?

Clay County has been experiencing the onset of spring planting & fall harvest for decades ~ farm equipment is only a hazard when everyone doesn't pay attention ~ the same goes for road construction crews, construction equipment, dump trucks, semis...the list could go on & on... ~ a little common sense around all road traveling equipment is all that is needed ~

And ~ some roads in Clay County ARE too narrow to handle any larger equipment plus another vehicle ~ this particular incident was simply an accident ~ this bus driver would never jeopardize his little charges on his bus ~ all of my children have been taken to school & home safely for years with this bus driver ~ & I doubt that the farmer would chance hurting little ones either ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 9:21 AM

If th1953 is so unhappy with all the farm equipment maybe they should move somewhere else so they don't have to drive around it !!!!!!!!

-- Posted by sweetpeas on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 10:47 AM

I have to agree with karebabe this Driver would not ever jeopardize the children on his bus, my children were on the bus when it happened, he made sure everyone was OK.

But what you are not thinking about is the time of day it happened it was still dark out, and that is the narrowest part of Rio Grande were other accidents have happened from the same thing.

Everyone under estimates the road and the on coming traffic if you see one headlight coming at you do you think it is a car or a motorcycle?

By the way karebabe my kids aren't little they are in middle school and high school.

-- Posted by Batchelor3495 on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 11:31 AM

All I can say is no one was hurt so why try to make it something its not. You live in a farm community. Thats part of life. Just sometimes things happen.

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 8:53 AM

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