New Castle News


June 1, 2012

Photo Gallery, Video: Bus, rig collision closes road for hours

NEW CASTLE — State troopers and cleanup crews spent yesterday afternoon and evening clearing a morning school bus and tractor-trailer collision.

The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Route 18 near Halltown Road, north of Wampum and involved a Mohawk Area School District bus.

The two drivers suffered major injuries, according to state police. They were flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

The school bus driver, 51-year-old Wynell Dessau of New Castle, is listed in serious condition. Daniel McAdoo, 56, of Washington, Pa., the rig driver, is in critical condition.

A 14-year-old boy, the only student on the bus, sustained face cuts and according to police was treated at Jameson Hospital. The hospital did not release his identity.

Reports from witnesses were that the bus driver was thrown from the bus upon impact and was lying on the highway pavement but was conscious.

Route 18 in that area was closed to traffic for about 12 hours, reopening around 7:30 p.m.

  • Complete Story: Reporter Debbie Wachter has the complete story in Friday’s edition of The News.
  • Photo Gallery: To view pictures from the clash cleanup taken by Erica Galvin, CLICK HERE, or on the link at right.
  • Video Interview: Watch an interview with Randy DeBolt, one of the first people to help at the accident scene.


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