School bus struck in Terry Twp.
TERRY TOWNSHIP - A Kia Spectra sedan had to be towed after it struck a Wyalusing School District school bus Monday afternoon on the Wyalusing-New Albany Road in Terry Township, state police said.
There were no injuries in the accident, state police said.
The car appeared to have severe front-end damage.
At the time of the crash, the bus was transporting four students home from the North Rome Christian School in Rome Township, according to Wyalusing schools Superintendent Chester Mummau and the bus driver, Sharon Pickett of Wilmot Township.
At the time of the accident, Pickett and the operator of the Kia Spectra, 21-year-old Shawn Cain of Forksville, were both traveling west on the Wyalusing-New Albany Road, said Trooper Sadowski of the state police at Towanda. The bus was traveling directly in front of the Kia Spectra, police said.
As Pickett was making a right-hand turn from the Wyalusing-New Albany Road onto Benjamin Road, the glare of the sun was in Cain's eyes, and Cain did not see the bus turning, Sadowski said.
As a result, Cain's car struck the bus from behind, the trooper said.
At the time of the crash, Pickett "was doing everything she was supposed to be doing," said Mummau, who added that she had used her turn signal when preparing to make the right-hand turn onto Benjamin Road.
"She is a very experienced and safe driver," Mummau said.
EMTs who arrived on scene "checked her (Pickett) and the students" and also evaluated Cain, Mummau said.
Two of the students were high school age, while the other two students were younger, Pickett said.
Because the four students live in the Wyalusing Area School District, the school district buses them to and from school, Mummau said.
The bus, which sustained minor damage to its rear bumper, did not have to be towed, police said.
The bus is owned by Pickett and her husband Donnie, Mummau said.
The bus can carry up to 30 passengers.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.