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School Bus Encounters Power Line

(La Porte, IN) - There was a power line scare involving a La Porte school bus this morning, which prompted firefighters to respond to the area of Niesen and Warsaw streets on the city’s northeast side.


According to authorities, the bus was crossing the South Shore Railroad freight line tracks at about 7 a.m., only to then snag a low-hanging low voltage line after clearing the crossing. The line, ripped from a pole and snapped, then came to rest on the side of the bus and around one of the axles.


La Porte Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Biernacki said there was also one student along with one aide on the bus.


“We advised them to stay inside the bus while we assessed the damage,” he said.


Nobody on the bus suffered any harm, and eventually the school bus was allowed to resume traveling once firefighters determined the line did not have any power running through it.


Biernacki said who the power line belonged to was not determined right away.

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