Rea­son for mishap un­known, says bus com­pany

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

—A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Wag­ner Bus Com­pany said the cause of a Wed­nes­day morn­ing school bus mishap near Ris­ing Sun re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The cause of the crash is un­known,” Tom Wag­ner, who is in charge of bus main­te­nance, said Fri­day.

At­tempts to reach the bus com­pany Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day were un­suc­cess­ful. Wag­ner con­tacted the Whig Fri­day to voice his dis­plea­sure over the com­ments made by a Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools of-

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fi­cial.

Bus 37 lurched off the road Wed­nes­day morn­ing around 8 a. m., with only the driver in­side. When the bus came to a stop on Route 273 near Half- Mile Road, two rear tires on the right side of the bus were off the rims and pieces of metal lay on the road.

How­ever, Wag­ner said Wag­ner Bus Com­pany has not de­ter­mined a rea­son for the mishap.

“We take the safety of the buses very se­ri­ously,” Wag­ner said.

Perry Wil­lis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor or sup­port ser vices for the schools, wanted to dis­pel fears that the in­ci­dent hap­pened be­cause of a med­i­cal is­sue with the bus driver.

“The woman did a fan­tas­tic job of keep­ing the bus from rolling over,” Wil­lis said, adding she went back to work the fol­low­ing day. “I was glad there were no kids on the bus.”

That’s the same sen­ti­ment Wag­ner ex­pressed.

“That was the main thing. There were no kids on the bus,” Wag­ner said.

As for the in­spec­tions, Wag­ner said that is a con­tin­u­ing process that hap­pens all year long.

“We are in­spected three times a year, not two,” Wag­ner said. “We are also ran­domly in­spected by the state of Mar yland.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

There were no stu­dents on­board when this Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools bus lurched off the road Wed­nes­day morn­ing on Route 273 near Ris­ing Sun.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

SunFest kicks off every year with a pa­rade along Ris­ing Sun’s Main Street.

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