Bus caused crash that hurt 5

March 20, 2019

A Fort Wayne Community Schools bus that caused a four-vehicle crash during rush hour Monday injured five people and caused more than $25,000 in damage, according to a city police report.

A witness told police the school bus turned from West Main Street onto West Jefferson Boulevard about 5:20 p.m. before veering into the left lane and clipping the right front quarter panel of a Chevrolet Cruze.

The bus jumped the median into oncoming traffic while attempting to correct and collided with a Jeep Compass and Dodge Dakota.

The Dakota then crashed into a guardrail, according to the police report.

The driver of the Dakota pickup, Kenneth Miller, 41, was pinned for about an hour, police reported, describing his most severe injury as a fracture or dislocation to a knee, leg or foot.

He was one of the five people taken to a hospital. The bus driver, Margaret Dubois, 71, complained of back pain; the Jeep driver, Denise Brita, 59, had minor facial bleeding; and the two 14-year-old boys on the bus complained of pain, police reported.

The crash damaged a city storm drain along with the vehicles involved and the guardrail, which is owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad, police said.

No injuries after fire in northeast-side home

Three people escaped a house fire without injury Tuesday on the city’s northeast side, the Fort Wayne Fire Department said.

The one-story home, 2225 Vance Ave., sustained moderate fire damage and minor smoke and water damage from the living room blaze, the department said.

Two adults, a child and the family dog got out before fire crews arrived, the department said.