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A Crawford County school bus turned on its side on S.R. 237 Thursday after running off the east side of the road. There were no students on the bus at the time, and there were no injuries. Officials are investigating the incident. Photo courtesy of Crawford County Sheriff’s Department

Overturned school bus shuts down road


No students were on bus at the time


December 14, 2011
A Crawford County school bus overturned on S.R. 237 last week, but there were no reported injuries.

The bus, driven by Amanda Gardiner, 30, of Marengo, had finished its afternoon route and was not carrying students at the time of the incident.

According to a police report, Crawford County Sheriff Tim Wilkerson, who was the first police officer on the scene, found the school bus on its side on the highway, blocking the road.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the 1999 bus, owned by Gardiner, ran off the east side of the highway then came back onto the road broadside and overturned after traveling another 250 feet.

Gardiner was not injured but was transported to Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing, although drugs or alcohol is not suspected as the primary cause of the incident.

According to the police report, Deputy Justin Ash of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and the Crawford County Community School Corp. will continue an investigation.

The report indicated that Mike Key, director of transportation for the school corporation, will review video recorded from three cameras located in the bus to assist with determining events prior to and during the incident.

S.R. 237 was closed for approximately 1-1/2 hours after the bus overturned. Besides the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Crawford EMS and the English Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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