Mount Nittany Middle School students and a bus driver were uninjured after what State College Area School District administration called a three-vehicle “fender bender” Wednesday morning involving a school bus in Harris Township.
District spokesman Chris Rosenblum said school bus No. 193 provided by Cole Transportation made a routine stop near 1514 Earlystown Road at about 7:45 a.m. when it was struck by a car from the opposite direction.
Rosenblum said that while the bus was stopped for a normal pickup with its flashing lights on, a car driven by a female was legally stopped in the opposite direction when a pickup truck driven by a man rear-ended the car, forcing it into the front side wheel of the bus.
“There was minimal damage to the wheel hub (of the bus),” Rosenblum said.
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Cost of the damage has not been determined.
The other vehicles, Rosenblum said, sustained front end damage.
Rosenblum said the 14 students on the bus during the crash were uninjured, along with the bus driver.
By law, Rosenblum said, students were required to remain on the bus until police checked the students for injuries. They were then released to get on a replacement bus that arrived minutes after the crash.
According to the school district, the driver of the pickup truck was cited for careless driving.
Rosenblum said students arrived to Mount Nittany Middle School by 8:40 a.m., about a half-hour after school started.
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