The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 12, 2013

School bus driver commended for crash reaction

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

DANVILLE — A school bus driver was recognized by the district for safely maneuvering his vehicle during a car accident on Aug. 30.

James McManus “did an outstanding job” in reacting to the accident, said Superintendent Cheryl Latorre at the Sept. 10 school board meeting. On Aug. 30, McManus was driving his bus on Blee Hill Road at around 2:40 p.m. when a 17-year old driver slid into the path of the bus. McManus slid the bus into the grassy berm on the side of the road in an attempt to avoid the accident.

The car ended up broad-siding the bus. Four students, out of the 21 on the bus, had minor injuries after the accident and were taking to Geisinger Medical Center for observation.

McManus and the other driver, whose name was withheld due to his age, declined medical treatment.

Latorre called the Keystone Communication System used by district busses “a godsend” during the accident. “The walkie-talkie system was our lifesaver,” she said.

It allowed the district to quickly check the status of the students on the bus and ID them.

Latorre also commended district staff who stayed with the students after the accident, drove them home and checked in on them that night.