Elementary school bus falls into sinkhole

no one injured

February 23, 2007|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,Sun Reporter

A school bus carrying six special-education students fell into a sinkhole yesterday morning, city school system officials said. No one on board was injured.

The bus was on Seidel Avenue near Belair Road about 7:20 a.m., on its way to John Ruhrah Elementary School, when the road surface collapsed, said Vanessa Pyatt, a school system spokeswoman. The left front tire of the bus dropped into a hole estimated to be 3 or 4 feet deep.

The bus, which sustained minor damage, was going about 5 mph at the time of the accident, Pyatt said. A tow truck pulled it out of the sinkhole. Another bus was dispatched to pick up the children, who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. They arrived at school about 9:30 a.m. and proceeded with a normal day, Pyatt said. Their parents were notified.

Later yesterday, the school system's safety manager wrote a letter to the bus company, First Student Inc., commending the driver and a special-education aide on board for evacuating the children quickly and safely.

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