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FWCS bus crashes; ‘very minor injuries’

September 26, 2018

A Fort Wayne Community Schools bus driver inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brakes around 8 a.m. Tuesday, losing control of the vehicle with about 25 students and bringing it to a stop down a slight embankment on the city’s north side, police said.

Three students and the driver received “very minor injuries,” according to a narrative from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The accident occurred while the bus was going west on Wallen Road toward Washington Center Elementary, FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said. The woman, who has several years’ experience as a bus driver, was at the wheel of a 2013 Bluebird All American not equipped with seat belts.

The police report said she attempted to apply the brakes and “mistakenly hit the accelerator resulting in her losing control of the bus which ended up traveling up and over the curb down a slight embankment where it came to rest.”

Neither police nor FWCS named the bus driver.

Newer FWCS school buses will have seat belts. The school unanimously approved buying 26 school buses for about 137,400 in July. Those vehicles will be equipped with seat belts. FWCS operates a fleet of about 300 buses.

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Ashley Sloboda of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

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