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No students hurt in school bus wreck

December 5, 2018 News Extra

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State police and emergency crews are at the scene of a crash involving a school bus and a pickup truck on Mahood Road in Center Township.

One person was injured.

The accident about 7 a.m. has closed the road between Red Dog and Shroyer Mill roads.

Authorities said it appeared that the driver of the heavy-duty pickup struck the rear of the Valley Lines bus while both vehicles were westbound. The crash left the damaged bus across both lanes.

Four children were on the bus but none were injured. The bus driver also was not hurt.

The wreck, however, trapped the pickup driver, a man believed to be in his 20s.

“We had to remove the driver side door and lift the dashboard off him,” said Unionville Fire Chief Nathan Wulff.

The man's injuries were described as minor to moderate. A Butler Ambulance Service crew was still tending to him after 7:30 a.m. Authorities believed he would be taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

The driver of another vehicle, a sport utility vehicle, ended up on an embankment while trying to avoid the crash between the bus and pickup.

A Butler Area School District representative later reportedly showed up to check on the students and bus driver.

Wulff said he did not know if the road conditions were a factor.

“There was slush in places (on the road),” he said, “but I didn't notice any ice.”

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