School bus wreck blamed on me­chan­i­cal fail­ure

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

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.

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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