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McGuffey Parents Angered By Handling Of School Bus Accident

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DONEGAL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Parents in the McGuffey School District are angry about the way a school bus accident was handled.

The bus from the G.G. & C Company was rear-ended by a car on Route 40 in Donegal Township Wednesday morning.

Forty-seven students in grades K-12 were on the bus. No medical personnel were called to the scene.

Franklin Evans, 14, suffered a concussion.

“I was shocked,” Brenda Dorsey, a witness said. “I kept saying, ‘Where’s the ambulance? Where’s at least the rescue from the fire department?’”

The bus driver called his company’s dispatcher and told the dispatcher to call 911.

The driver then made a judgment call that no one was seriously hurt after asking students if everyone was okay.

The students were then loaded on another bus and taken to school.

“It was handled very badly,” Vickie Crowe, a mother, said. “I did not know there was a bus accident. I get a phone call at 8:52 [a.m.] by the school nurse and she said that Michael was in her office complaining that his neck’s hurting.”

The superintendent told parents at the school board meeting Thursday night that changes to the bus policy would likely be forthcoming.

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