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January 24, 2014

UPDATE: ‘Chain reaction’ causes 4-vehicle accident involving East school bus

2 students, 2 adults receive minor injuries; officials ask for caution in school zones


‘Everybody just responded’

Black said the 11 non-injured students were transported to campus on a bus provided by nearby Creekside Elementary School.

“Our bus had a normal pickup and stopped with the stop sign out and lights flashing,” Black said. “The bus was picking up a group of students on 72 and headed east.

“One vehicle stopped in the lane beside the bus, which was what you’re legally supposed to do, and another vehicle rear-ended her,” he said. “This knocked the first vehicle into the side of the tire on our bus. The bus (frame) was not injured but the vehicles involved were damaged.”

Black said the injured parents’ students transported their children to the hospital as a precautionary measure after the students were treated at the scene by first responders.

“I want to applaud my bus driver, Dot Sims, because she did an outstanding job of getting control of the situation and making it safe for our kids,” Black said. “(Principal) Matt Scott came over with a Creekside bus and our School Resource Officer, Mike Broyles, was one of the first on the scene. He provided a safe barrier and was directing traffic.

“We also had our volunteer fire department on the scene and patience from our parents. Everybody just responded and did their role and knew what they were supposed to do. Everyone did a nice job of protecting our kids and working together.”

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