MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City School District number 10 bus was involved in a “minor accident” Thursday afternoon when its tire struck the rear-end of another vehicle.
MVCSD Superintendent Bill Seder told the News that as the bus was leaving Yellow Jacket Drive on its after-school route, it turned left toward Martinsburg Road, with an intent to turn around and go back into Yellow Jacket Drive. The turn was taken too narrow and a bus tire hit the rear-end bumper of another vehicle.
“This was a turn around fender bender,” Seder said.
Everyone on scene was checked out by police, Seder said, and no injuries were reported.
The driver was taken to be drug tested, which is protocol, Seder said. No damage was caused to the No. 10 bus and it completed the route with a new driver and with a time delay. The middle school and high school route was running 20 minutes late and the elementary route was 15 minutes late, Seder said.
The impact of the tire hitting the bumper did cause some damage to the vehicle’s bumper, Seder said, which the district will finance with their liability insurance. Seder explained that the district feels they were at fault in the accident and that the driver made a turn that was shorter than he needed to make.
The district put out a Knox Alert notifying parents and community members about the minor accident at approximately 3:39 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The district transportation department also personally called and informed all parents of the No. 10 bus route, in the middle school and high school route, as well as the elementary school route, about the accident and that the bus was running late.