Saturday, May 14, 2016

Two separate school bus crashes in Ceres Township - 7 injured in one incident

Pennsylvania State Police said they investigated two separate crashes involving school buses on Friday (5/13). According to troopers, the first crash was reported at 2:29 p.m. on state route 44 near Wayne Paving. Police said Kim M. Foster, 58 of Olean, was driving eastbound when she failed to negotiate a curve and struck the rear of an Oswayo-Valley school bus being operated by Craig M. Moshier, 34, of Shinglehouse. Neither driver reported any injuries. Troopers said the bus was carrying about two dozen students headed to a track event. No students sustained any injury. EMS responded from Shinglehouse and several area departments.

The second crash was reported at 3:45 p.m. and occurred on Township route 361, Coon Crossing. The bus was operated by Paul D. Blauvelt, 72, of Shinglehouse and was carrying 20 students. According to State Police Investigator Cody Northcott, Blauvelt became districted, causing the bus to go off the road and into a ditch. Troopers said the bus traveled 100 feet in the ditch, struck a culvert, traveled another 50 feet before striking a tree and coming to rest. Blauvelt and six students were injured and taken to area hospitals. Troopers said they were assisted by Shinglehouse police, fire and EMS as well as ambulances from Bolivar, Portville and Coudersport. Troopers issued Blauvelt a traffic ticket. The bus was towed from the scene.
 The school issued the following statement:

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Oswayo Valley School District experienced two bus accidents.  The first bus accident was reported around 2:30 p.m. when a vehicle swerved and hit the bus on the driver side rear tire.  There were no injuries reported in this accident.  While District Administration was on the scene of the first accident, they received a call that there was a report of another bus accident.  This accident resulted in a few students being transported to local hospitals.  All other students on board have been reunited with their families.  The children were very brave and did amazing.  We wanted to especially thank the first responders, volunteers, and district administration for their immediate help in this emergency situation.  Thank you to the families for their patience.  Please feel free to contact the district office with any questions. Thank you again to all members of the OV community!