The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 26, 2013

School bus slides off road this morning in Montour County


Officials assess crash

Liberty-Valley Intermediate School Principal Chris Johns was on the scene early because he was the nearest school official at the time. Danville Primary School Principal John Bickhart also traveled to the crash.

The principals said it was tough to tell the types of injuries. “A lot of the students were shaken up,” Johns said.

Superintendent Cheryl Latorre asked Johns to go to the scene. Bickhart went because he was available.

Latorre’s secretary responded and a school nurse was also there.

“We called all the parents as soon as we had information,” Latorre said. She said she couldn’t release the names of the students and couldn’t disclose the kinds of injuries because of school policy.

Forsythe said all of the parents went to Geisinger after they were notified. Some picked their children up at Geisinger.

Snow delay decisions

Latorre said the consensus among superintendents sending students to vo-tech was that the students would go to school because vo-tech had school Tuesday.

“We looked at the weather forecast and noted it was supposed to get crazy in the afternoon and it didn’t indicate anything major in the morning based on the AccuWeather reports we receive,” she said.

Latorre said the other six districts that send students to vo-tech sent students to school Tuesday. Danville district students started their Thanksgiving vacation Tuesday.

Danville teachers and administrators were in school.

Forsythe said superintendents of districts that send students to the school decide if students will go to school or if there will be a delay. “I imagine most of them confer. I get the call as to who will be delayed,” he said.

Road closed

Valley Township and Liberty Township fire companies responded along with fire police and state police at Milton.

The entrance to Klein Road, at Route 642, was blocked to traffic except for emergency vehicles. Valley Township and Mahoning Township road crews cindered and salted the area.

Several other weather-related accidents kept emergency responders, fire companies and ambulance personnel busy Tuesday morning.

An accident was reported on Kaseville Road in Mahoning Township.

Other crashes were in the jurisdiction of state police, according to the Montour County 911 Center.

They included an accident in Rush Township and a crash on Interstate 80.

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