Johnson City School Bus Crash Leaves Three Injured

By Mike Trim

Johnson City School Bus Crash Leaves Three Injured

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 25, 2006 at 12:37 AM EDT

Johnson City Police blame black ice and fog for the accident on Columbia Drive.

It was around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when the S.U.V. slid into Johnson City School Bus 114.

The bus was carrying 32 students to the Middle-Elementary School, which sits a little further up the hill from where the crash happened.

"This is one situation we've had in almost two and a half years. I believe that the school, the fact that it's on the hill, is not the reason we had this accident," said J.C. Schools Superintendent Larry Rowe.

The Johnson City Public Works director says the crash happened after the hill had been salted.

"When he came back up Columbia Drive to hit it again, the accident must have happened just after he came down off the hill," said Robert Bennet of J.C. Public Works.

Bennet says Columbia Drive is one of five snow routes in Johnson City.

When bad weather hits, it's the first to be cleared.

"Even though this hill is a number one priority for Johnson City Public Works, as this morning's crash indicated, when black ice is involved, anything can happen," said Bennet.

Johnson City Police routinely look for road hazards.

Tuesday morning, they called Public Works crews in early at 5:00 a.m.

"The northern hill streets on the north side of Johnson City are usually the priority streets. And they do get our first attention," said Rudy Parker of J.C. Police.

Johnson City Superintendent Larry Rowe says the district monitors Columbia Drive and other roads.

If school is not cancelled due to weather, it does have the option of using alternate bus routes to the schools.

The school district says the rest of the middle school students were checked by the school nurse or doctor.

Support staff was available to the children.

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