WENY News - District Responds to Early Morning Rollover Involving School Bus

District Responds to Early Morning Rollover Involving School Bus

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Police are continuing to investigate a rollover crash involving an Elmira City School District bus and a garbage truck. 

The accident happened just before 8 am on Monday at the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Ave. 

Police say the bus was traveling north on Oak Street when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The garbage truck was heading east on Washington Ave and tried to avoid the collision, but was unable to. When the bus was hit, it was spun around and hit a utility pole before turning on its side.

"We heard a loud crash and my wife said 'what is that?' and i looked outside and you could hear the impact," says Elmira resident Brian Minnier. "I looked outside and i said, 'a garbage truck just tipped a bus over.'" 

According to Elmira Police, there was one student on the bus at the time of the accident. That student was taken to the hospital, but the student, as well as the bus driver were not injured. 

The garbage truck driver was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

"You could actually hear the brakes lock up on the garbage truck," says Minnier. "It was very scary."

In a statement sent to WENY News, the district says quote  "The Elmira City School District's top priority is the safety of our students." Officials say they hold at least three emergency drills each year in case of an accident--including one just recently.

All drivers are also required to attend a 30-hour training course.

The district says "any driver found to be at fault is required to repeat that course and face possible suspension." Also that "a driver can be suspended, reprimanded, or terminated based on those findings." 

The school bus driver was ticketed for failure to stop at a stop sign.

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