DAYTON – The scene was chaotic at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at 800 So. 3200 West, near Dayton. A school bus driven by Tarrel E. Shepherd, 72, was transporting 40 students in grades K-12 home from the second day of school when it collided with Carrie A. Johnson, 18, of Weston, who was driving a 1988 Chevrolet pickup north on 3200 West, according to the ISP.
One student was taken to the Franklin County Medical Center, as was the driver of the pick-up truck, Carrie A. Johnson, of Weston. The remainder of the students were transferred to another West Side school District bus and transported to their homes, according to ISP.
West Side Superintendent Dr. Barbara Taylor said she and other school officials were just grateful the children are fine. “The child that was taken to the hospital was apparently treated and released. The student was at school today (Friday) and I have paid a personal visit,” she said.
The district provided additional support on Friday to all the students who were involved in the incident, said Dr. Taylor.
“We have also met with all the bus drivers and emphasized the fact that they need to be prudent and careful. School is starting in our district and many others in our area. Everyone needs to be cautious that buses are on the roads again transporting students,” she said.
Shepherd attempted to turn left onto 800 South, striking Johnson’s vehicle. It left the roadway and rolled, ejecting Johnson. Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt. She was also transported by ground ambulance to Franklin County Medical Center.
ISP said the investigation is continuing.
Photos Courtesy Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept.
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