School bus wreck blamed on mechanical failure
jbellmyer@ cecilwhig. com
— A Cecil County Public Schools bus driver was back on the job Thursday, a day after she was able to keep her bus from lurching off the road.
“In my opinion, the woman did a fantastic job of keeping the bus from rolling over,” said Perry Willis, executive director of support services for CCPS.
The bus had no students on it when the mechanical malfunction occurred, Willis said.
Just before 8 a. m., as bus 37 traveled west on Route 273 toward Rising Sun, it suddenly jerked toward the drainage ditch. Straddling the width of the road, the bus — owned by Wagner Bus Company in Conowingo — rested on three of its four wheels, with the fourth disabled. The rubber tires were flat and peeling off the rims.
Willis said it was obvious the driver was not at fault. The unidentified driver said at the scene she had been driving a bus for 28 years.
“She was cleared for driving and was back to work,” Willis said.
According to Willis all CCPS buses are inspected twice a year. Bus 37 will be examined to determine what caused this failure.
There were no students on board when this Cecil County Public Schools bus had a mechanical failure Wednesday morning on Route 273 near Rising Sun.