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No injuries in Tuesday afternoon LSSD bus mishap

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By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
About a dozen children in Pre-Kindergarten classes from several Lebanon Special School District schools had an eventful and scary ride home Tuesday afternoon when their school bus struck another vehicle head-on near Byars Dowdy Elementary School.

Tina Marie Olsen, of Lebanon, was driving the school bus southbound on Vincent-Cason Avenue around 1:45 p.m. when she reportedly struck a 2000 Dodge Neon driven by Javier Vazquez, also of Lebanon.

Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said the Neon was sitting stationary waiting on the school bus to negotiate a hard left-hand turn at a sharp curve in the street when the bus hit Vazquezs vehicle head on.

He said he had actually stopped to wait for the bus when he saw it coming and then he was hit, Green said.

The Neon came to rest on the north side of the street, apparently pushed back by the bus, which pulled over on the opposite side. According to Green, Olsen said that Vazquez was actually on her side of the street, in the wrong lane.

She was adamant that he was in her lane of traffic, Green said, adding they were still looking into the exact location of the two vehicles upon impact.

In the car with Vazquez were his wife and son in the backseat, but none were hurt, and neither Olsen, nor the children in the bus were hurt.

There were no injuries, thankfully, Green noted.

Scott Benson, assistant director of LSSD, was on site and said the children on the bus were on their way home from several schools within the system. He said according to safety regulations, all of the children were secured in their seats properly.

They all have seat belts on and are in booster seats, so they were all safe, Benson said.

Green said there will be multiple traffic citations issues in the incident, but did not indicate whether one or both parties will be cited.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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