Reason for mishap unknown, says bus company
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-
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.”
There were no students onboard when this Cecil County Public Schools bus lurched off the road Wednesday morning on Route 273 near Rising Sun.
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