Thursday, November 30, 2000

Car hits bus; driver hurt

Covington students uninjured in crash

By Joe Wessels
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The driver of a car that hit a Covington school bus Wednesday afternoon was slightly injured while three children, the bus driver and a monitor on the bus escaped unhurt.

        The car, driven by Gregory Pritchett, 29, of Dayton Street in Cincinnati, hit bus No. 25 about 3:50 p.m.

        Dave Capano, 23, said he saw the car hit the bus broadside after the bus stopped on Bush Street waiting to cross Greenup Street.

        “He was flying,” Mr. Capano said of the car.

[photo] Covington Police Officer Chris Gangwish inspects the car that hit a school bus at Greenup and Bush streets in Covington on Wednesday afternoon.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        All the students on the bus were from Ninth District Elementary School in Covington, and on their way home. Another bus picked up the children and the bus monitor shortly after the accident.

        The car, traveling south on Greenup Street, pushed the bus five feet sideways, forcing it to brush up against a telephone pole. The car was spun 90 degrees, and collided with a parked van owned by MVP vending.

        MVP co-owner Don Delaney, 33, was inside the van when the accident occurred.

        “It happened quick,” the Erlanger resident said. “I heard the screeching, then the truck moved. That's when I jumped out.”

        “If anybody's lucky in this, it's the guy from MVP,” said Covington Police Lt. Dave Finan.

        Across Bush Street, 18-year-old Elizabeth Weinel said the accident shook her building. Lt. Finan said it appeared the driver hit the windshield. Mr. Pritchett was treated at St. Elizabeth East Medical Center and released.

        The bus driver, Shiela Adams, 36, of Walton, has been working for the district two to three years, said Willie Green, the school district's transportation director.

        The bus driver “did a good job,” Mr. Green said, “by wearing her safety belts and staying in control of the bus.”

        No charges were filed Wednesday. The accident remains under investigation.

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