New Castle News

December 10, 2013

Five injured in school bus crash

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Four students and a driver sustained minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

According to state police, a line of vehicles was westbound on snow-covered Route 108/Harlansburg Road at 7:50 a.m. when Shannon C. McAnney, 21, of Gibsonia, the second car in the line, lost control of her vehicle.

Police said McAnney’s Volvo hit the back of a Honda CR-V driven by Jacob R. Oxendale, 18, of Slippery Rock, which was in front of her. The Volvo then crossed the center line, striking a school bus head on. The bus was carrying 13 students from Portersville Christian School. Officers said the eastbound school bus was driven by Bruce J. Gardner, 63, of Ellwood City.

The accident took place in Hickory Township, about a quarter-mile from Gaslight Trailer Park.

Officers said four students from the bus and McAnney were treated at Jameson Hospital for minor to moderate injuries.

McAnney was cited for driving at an unsafe speed and the school bus was towed from the scene.

Lee Saunders, administrator of Portersville Christian School, said the injured students were ages 7 to 17 and in grades two, four, six and 11.

Saunders also said the school’s 18-passenger mini bus was injured the most. The vehicle, which is six or seven years old, sustained major front-end damage, he said.

“But buses can always be replaced. We’re thankful no one was seriously hurt.”

School transportation coordinator John Coomber was dispatched with a second bus to complete the route.

The men said that route collects students from the Shenango, Laurel and Wilmington districts and normally carries 15 to 16 students.

“It was about three quarters of the way through the route and had almost completed its Laurel route,” Saunders said.

Upon hearing of the accident, Saunders said, he went to Jameson to check on his students.

“By the time I got there, three had been discharged and one, who got a bump on the head, was awaiting test results.”