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Accident sends student to hospital

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Clay Community Schools student was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while waiting on a school bus.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., officials were dispatched to an area north of County Road 1300 N., on State Road 59.

According to Indiana State Police Trooper Bill Bradbury, the truck, driven by Mark Merrill, 22, Terre Haute, was heading north on SR 59 when he failed to yield as a Clay Community Schools (CCS) bus had its stop arm out.

The truck then struck the student, a male, who was attempting to board the bus. Officials said eyewitnesses claimed the male "flipped over the truck."

"He was responsive," Bradbury said, adding officials suspected he might have sustained injuries to both of his legs.

Officials with CCS said the bus had all its lights on during the stop. All lights were functioning during an inspection conducted by Indiana State Police troopers, which was requested by CCS officials on scene.

"Anytime there is an injured person, we like to get the state police involved," CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said.

Other students on the bus were transported to another school bus and taken from the scene.

Officials told The Brazil Times Merrill and a male passenger stated they were going hunting.

Bradbury said Merrill was arrested at the scene and preliminarily charged with reckless driving, running a bus stop arm, a Class A misdemeanor. In addition, Bradbury said Merrill was to be cited with speeding.

Both north and south lanes of SR 59 were opened for traffic flow at approximately 8:48 a.m.

Other agencies responding the accident included the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department and TransCare.

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Paryers are with the injured student, the bus driver and all the other students.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 11:05 AM

Besides this hunting season went out last Sunday, and they wern't rabbit hunting this early. They might have been hunting but it wasn't game.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 4:19 PM


I am in no way excusing his stupidness. and i think he should be hung out to dry for running the stop sign of a bus full of kids. But.

I'm not sure what hunting season you are talking about. I guess you do not hunt. there are still hunting season's open, rabbit, quail. etc. deer is still in season, you must not hunt or you would know what the hunting season's are.

-- Posted by xray on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 9:48 PM

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