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Truck driver charged in bus crash

March 05, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- The Allegheny Power utility truck driver involved in a Feb. 25 school bus accident has been charged with driving violations.

Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday cited Jeffery Lynn Kriner, 46, for careless driving, not stopping for a school bus's lights, and driving at a speed that is not "reasonable or prudent" in the circumstances.

His fines total $300.

State police distributed a news release Wednesday saying Kriner had been charged, but the citations weren't filed before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock until Thursday morning.

Kriner, of Mont Alto, Pa., was driving a utility truck that rear-ended a Chambersburg Area School District bus at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25 in the 3300 block of Mont Alto Road. Three Fayetteville Elementary School children were taken to area hospitals and released.

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A helicopter flew Kriner from the scene to York (Pa.) Hospital. He was later released.

Veron C. Bachman Jr., 67, was a substitute driver for Bus No. 174's route when the crash occurred.

In 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available, Pennsylvania had 446 accidents involving school buses, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says U.S. students are "nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars," citing a low rate of fatalities when equalizing the number of miles traveled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded lap belts could increase the occurrence of neck and abdominal injuries.

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