Students, Driver Hurt in School Bus Crash at Ft. Leonard Wood


The school bus had four students on board, along with the 57-year-old driver. The bus company also has agreed to replace its fleet with new buses and contribute $75,000 a year to support programs in the Gary school district.

An 11-year-old boy and a Plattsburgh woman were injured Tuesday when a auto collided head on with a Plattsburgh City School bus on Peru Street near Byrne Lane.

The district says the bus was full of middle school and high school students. However, it appears that those procedures were not followed.

The driver of the bus, John Fletcher, 59, was attempting to pull back onto the roadway and failed to see a 1987 Ford pickup driven by Myron Beauchene, 68, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The search for the child began when his mother told police the boy had not arrived home from school about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to authorities.

The bus company confirms that the driver has been suspended pending a complete investigation. District and bus company officials are cooperating, Willis said.

Parents called the University City Police Department to report the student missing. The district has asked that the driver not be returned to the district. She said the incident has prompted the district to review its internal safety and security procedures.

He said that, again due to privacy issues, he could not say whether those not buckled up were children or district employees.