CRANBERRY TWP — No one was seriously injured early Monday morning when a school bus taking children to Rowan Elementary School was sideswiped by a vehicle on Franklin Road near Beacon Hill Road.
Sgt. Chuck Mascellino of the Cranberry Township Police Department said a white Ford Explorer was traveling south on Franklin Road when the vehicle crossed the center line and hit the front axle of the school bus.
The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. Monday morning. Fire crews were on the scene until 9:36 a.m. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Linda Andreassi, spokesperson for the Seneca Valley School District, said Bus 279 was headed to Rowan Elementary when the accident occurred.
“The 45 elementary students on the bus were checked by EMTs and cleared,” said Andreassi Monday morning. “They were then transferred to another bus and reported to Rowan at about 9:20 a.m. Parents are being notified and the nurse at Rowan is speaking with each student to reinforce that they are fine.”
The woman driver of the white SUV, who was from Cranberry Township, but whose name wasn’t immediately available, was taken by ambulance by Allegheny General Hospital to be treated for a cut to the back of her head, said Mascellino.
Andreassi explained when a bus accident occurs a district administrator goes to the scene.
In Monday’s accident the assistant principal and guidance counselor were both on scene.
EMTs will check out the students to determine if there are any injuries and treat as necessary.
“Of course, parent notification is part of the process as is follow-up by the school nurse,” said Andreassi. “Bus transfers also typically take place and it was necessary in this case as the front axle was damaged,” she said.