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Van hits bus filled with school children

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The driver of a van and a Clay Community School bus were involved in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Church and Meridian Streets. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
No injuries were reported during a school bus accident Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials at the scene, shortly after 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Donald J. Walker, 67, Dana, Ind., was traveling east on Church Street to the intersection of Church and Meridian streets when his van struck a Clay Community School Corporation bus driven by Stephanie Fagg, 38, Brazil.

After striking the bus, the van apparently spun around and hit a light pole on the northwest side of the intersection.

It was unknown at press time whether recent weather conditions played a factor in the accident. However, Walker apparently told officers at the scene he "didn't notice the bus" before hitting it in the driver's side.

Although the bus was loaded with students from North Clay Middle School and Northview High School, no injuries were reported at the scene. The students were released from the accident scene to their parents or guardians.

School officials were able to move the damaged bus to the corporation's bus garage facility, which is less than a block from the accident scene. There was no official estimate on the amount of damages the bus sustained in the accident.

Walker's van sustained heavy damage to the front end and was towed from the scene.

Agencies responding to the scene included the Brazil City Police and Fire departments, TransCare and members of the Clay Community School Corporation.

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"Walker apparently told officers at the scene he "didn't notice the bus" before hitting it in the driver's side."

It's big and yellow. How do you not notice a school bus?

Thankfully no one was hurt.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 11:13 PM

My question exactly, how do you not notice a school bus!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 11:34 PM

It appears as though the van lost in this episode of demolition derby. How the heck can you not see a school bus??????????

-- Posted by always skeptical on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 1:28 AM

Maybe he was on a cell phone or looking else where, big and Yellow is hard to not see.

-- Posted by bowling on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 7:24 AM

Yea...which is why they are "SCHOOL BUS YELLOW". So many studies have been done on which colors are most noticeable..... Just glad only the vehicles were hurt.

...and our road STILL hasn't been touched by a plow. I'll bet all those who have paid for tow trucks and will be paying for higher insurance premiums might think twice before contesting higher taxes next time. Those taxes pay for road maintenance to make our roads safer....

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:00 AM

Mr. Walker is obviously color blind - that's why he didn't see the bus. ; )

Glad no one was injured.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:42 AM

Thank God no one was injured! The rest is really not that important. Things are things, but people are precious, especially our little gems.

-- Posted by dana67 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:30 AM

Near where I grew-up there is an intersection of a four lane highway and a two lane State Road. About once a year there would be a car pull in front of a semi at that location. The question was just the same type, "how do you not see a semi?" It happens somehow.

-- Posted by brazilian on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 1:31 PM

The money for road maintenance comes from excise tax and gasoline tax NOT insurance premiums. With the vehicles becoming more fuel efficient, less fuel is being used, and therefore less money is being generated for road maintenance. How many Clay County residents purchase their fuel in a surrounding county? That county benefits from your fuel purchase.

-- Posted by Hodgepodge on Thu, Feb 10, 2011, at 3:28 PM

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