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Two slightly hurt in Pa. bus mishap

October 14, 2000

Two slightly hurt in Pa. bus mishap



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Two Tuscarora Middle School students were treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released after farm equipment being towed struck their school bus Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

The bus was carrying 35 to 40 Tuscarora middle and high school students to school when the accident occurred, said Tuscarora schools Superintendent William Konzal.

The bus driver, Charles L. Smith of Lemasters, Pa., went to see his private physician, Konzal said. Smith had complained to police of neck and back pain.

Courtney Miller, 12, of the 9500 block of Circle Drive in Edenville, Pa., and Katie Miller, 13, of the 2300 block of Appleway Drive in St. Thomas, Pa., were treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police and a hospital spokeswoman said.

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The bus was southbound on Pa. 416 shortly before 8 a.m. when it was hit by the farm equipment being pulled by a northbound 2000 Chevy Truck driven by Jere D. Hissong of Mercersburg, Pa., police said.

The 1560 John Deere No Till Drill hit the left front corner of the bus and continued down the side of the bus, breaking three windows and puncturing the left front tire, police said.

"They were very fortunate" the shattered glass didn't cause more injuries, Konzal said.

Konzal said emergency crews and school personnel did an excellent job responding to the accident.

Middle School Principal Charles Rahauser went to the hospital to check on the two girls, he said.

Another bus picked up the uninjured students and took them to their schools, Konzal said.

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