WYSOX TWP. - Two Towanda School District students were transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda Monday after the school van they were in was rear-ended on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township, the business manager of the school district said.

State Trooper Joseph Mitchell said he did not know if the two students were injured, and said they were taken to the hospital in conformance with the school district's "protocol."

"I think they (medical personnel) were just taking precautions and checking them out," said Doreen Secor, business manager of the Towanda Area School District.

As a precaution, the students were transported by ambulance to the hospital, where they were evaluated and released later on Monday, according to Towanda schools Superintendent Diane M. Place.

The van, a 1998 Chevrolet Astro, is owned by a bus contractor for the school district, John Bride of Towanda, Secor said. The van was transporting two students home from school at the time of the accident, she said.

The operator of the van, 45-year-old Lisa J. Bride of Towanda, was uninjured in the accident, police said.

The accident occurred as the van and a 1998 Plymouth Breeze sedan, which was operated by a 17-year-old female, were both traveling east on Route 6, police said.

Both vehicles were in "stop and go" traffic, the state police said.

At the time of the accident, the van was slowing down and stopping, police said.

The 17-year-old driver "was not paying attention and failed to observe (the van) stopping," Trooper Joseph Mitchell said.

The front bumper of the Plymouth Breeze struck the rear bumper of the van, he said.

The vehicles sustained "very minor damage," Mitchell said.

After the accident, both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the Ferrario Auto Center, police said.

The 17-year-old driver, who was uninjured, was cited for "following too closely," Trooper Mitchell said.

State police identified the two students as males from Wysox, ages 10 and 8. However, the state police would not provide the names of the students, because they are under 18 years of age.

The older boy was in a seat belt, while the younger one was in a child booster seat, Mitchell said.

The two drivers were also using seat belts at the time of the accident, which occurred at 3:09 p.m., 427 feet east of Pennsylvania Avenue, state police at Towanda said.

Because the boys are under 18 years of age, the hospital would not release information about their medical condition without their parents' consent, according to hospital spokesman Jeff Russell.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or e-mail: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.