Children injured in school bus accident

Staff photo/Tom Stephens
Staff Writer

New information on the injury traffic crash at 7:22 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 33 east of Wapak-Fisher Road reveals that two occupants of the school bus were transported to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys for possible injuries. A previous report taken at the scene shortly after the crash stated that no one on the bus had been hurt.

In the incident, a Wapakoneta City School bus driven by Brenda E. Plescher age 60, of Wapakoneta, was stopped on U.S. 33 facing west with lights and stop sign activated preparing to pick up children from a residence on the south side of the roadway. A 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Debra M. Laman age 43, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, was pulled into the eastbound lane facing north. Jordyn M. Laman age 18, and Jonah M. Laman age 16, of Wapakoneta, were standing on the east side of the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country waiting to get on the school bus. A 2000 Honda CRV driven by Levan M. Tudor age 25, of Waynesfield, was traveling east on U.S. 33, did not slow down for the stopped school bus, and struck Mrs. Laman forcing her vehicle into the children and into the school bus. The Wapakoneta City School Bus received minor damage.

The 2005 Chrysler Town and Country and the 2000 Honda CRV both sustained disabling damage.

Debra M. Laman, Jordyn M. Laman, and Jonah M. Laman were transported to St. Ritas Medical Center by St. Johns EMS.

Two children occupants on the Wapakoneta City School Bus were transported by Uniopolis EMS to the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for possible injuries.

This crash remains under investigation.

In addition, the following message was posted to the Wapakoneta City Schools Facebook page:

Dear Parent,
In the Wapakoneta City School System emphasis is placed on safety in every area of school. That includes communicating accurate information to you which may involve issues of safety.
We want to inform you of an accident that occurred this morning. One of our school buses transporting students to school was involved in a traffic accident on Route 33.
Four of the students were transported to a local hospital for observation after the incident for further assessment. Fortunately, these injuries were not life threatening, but we will always take the proper medical precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. All of the other students were cleared by medical personnel on scene and transported to their school; the school nurse at each location did another evaluation. Parents were notified of the incident by school personnel.
The driver of the school bus was not injured. Local law enforcement is investigating the cause of this accident and the proper protocol will be followed.
Our transportation department has a very safe driving record, and this was an isolated incident. Regardless, we want you to be aware as we partner with you for the safety of your child. We would like to thank all of our bus drivers who take great pride in transporting your children to and from school in a safe manner.
Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. Please contact me should you have questions.
Keith Horner