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Police Investigating Hit and Run Involving School Bus

(La Porte County, IN) - Police are investigating a near-collision with a reckless semi and a La Porte County school bus.


On Friday South Central School Community Superintendent Ben Anderson sent a notice to parents explaining the incident.


According to Anderson, it took place on US Highway 30 Friday morning. Here is a portion of Anderson’s statement:


“Bus 12-1, Sandy Wood’s bus, was nearly struck by a semi-truck hauling steel. This happened near Smoker Farm. The semi left the roadway to the right of the school bus and struck an electric pole knocking out power to the farm. The semi drove back onto Hwy 30 and continued westbound. Thankfully, the Smoker farm has this incident on surveillance video and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.”


No injuries were reported, but Anderson’s statement went on to say that the bus driver and some students “were pretty shaken up by the incident.” Anderson and Transportation Director Gary Biggs arrived to the scene and arranged for the students to be transferred to a different bus. School staff checked on the well-being of those students throughout the day. Anderson commended “the quick and brave action” of bus driver Wood.


Traffic safety on US 30 has been a growing concern. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced just last week that an in-depth safety study, including public input, will take place over the next year for the stretch of US 30 between Valparaiso and the Ohio border.

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