PIQUA — A collision between a Piqua City Schools bus and another vehicle took place at approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Ash Street (U.S. Route 36) and Looney Road. The bus involved was Bus #30 and reportedly had junior and senior high students on the bus. There were 46 students and one driver on the bus.
According to Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department, a 16-year-old female was traveling eastbound on Ash Street and wanted to turn left onto Looney Road. The female reportedly turned in front of a truck that had the right of way and was traveling westbound on Looney Road. The truck reportedly struck on the female’s vehicle and pushed her vehicle into the bus.
The female was also traveling with two passengers on their way to school. Those juveniles were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center from there. Their injuries did not appear life-threatening.
The female has been charged with misdemeanor failure to yield and will be required to appear in juvenile court.
“Basically, a car was pushed into a bus that was in the turn lane,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said. According to Jamison, the bus was going from eastbound Ash Street onto northbound Looney Road.
“As kids were being moved from the bus that was involved to a backup bus … the paramedics interviewed the kids as they got off,” Jamison said.
One of the juveniles had a complaint, so the paramedics waited until a parent was on scene to determine if they would seek treatment.
“Treatment was refused, and the kid went on to school,” Jamison said. “It was a very minor complaint, but (the paramedics) weren’t taking any chances.”
There were no reported injuries for students on the bus. Once the juveniles reached the school, the school nurse also checked out the students involved in the crash.
Piqua City Schools sent out the following awareness message:
“Today, Tuesday, November 17, during our junior and senior high bus routes, Bus #30 was involved in an accident in which a car struck the side of the bus.
Fortunately, after being checked by Piqua Fire Department medics, all students on the bus were found unharmed and transported to school by another bus. Our school nurse is also checking all Bus #30 students involved this morning as a precautionary measure.
We care about our students, and their safety is our first priority. Thanks to the great partnership with our first responders from the Piqua Police and Fire Department, our students are at school and off to a normal day. Thank you.”
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336