No one was injured after a car collided with a Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. bus at county roads 250E and 100S, southeast of Columbus, at about 3:25 p.m. Tuesday.
The bus, carrying 52 students ranging in age from elementary to high school, was traveling east on 100S and had the right of way, said Lt. Dave Thompson, Columbus Township Fire and Rescue public information officer.
Krista Dickinson, 44, Martinsville, was driving a blue Honda Civic north on 250E and had stopped at the stop sign, then pulled out and struck the side of the bus, Thompson said.
Dickinson’s car collided with the bottom passenger compartment of the bus, denting it and causing extensive damage to the front of her car. The car’s bumper and hood were dislodged in the collision.
Thompson identified the bus driver as Larry Nolting, 64, 77 S. County Road 250E.
Nolting has been a bus driver for the school corporation since 1973, said Steve Forster, BSCS director of facilities and maintenance.
“It appears the driver of the car had stopped at the stop sign. She said she looked, she went to pull out and the bus was in front of her,” Thompson said. “She said she didn’t realize where it had come from until she hit it.”
After the accident, students exited through the driver’s door at the front of the bus. Columbus Regional Hospital EMS staff were at the scene and checked the students, the bus driver and the driver of the car.
This was the first accident involving a BCSC school bus since February, said Karen Wetherald, the school district’s director of transportation.
The bus, which seats up to 78 passengers, will be off the road until repairs are completed and will need to be inspected by Indiana State Police, she said.