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School Buses Full Of Students Crash, But Police Not Notified

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(Source: KDKA) Brenda Waters
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BURGETTSTOWN (KDKA) – Police say two school buses crashed with students on board, but they weren’t even notified.

McDonald Police say two school buses, driven by 61-year old Gretchen Rheinlander and 64-year-old Nancy Halling crashed Thursday afternoon.

Police say had it not been for the towing company, they wouldn’t have even known.

Officer Jennifer Dempsey says, “When I arrived on the scene all that was there was an abandoned bus, no drivers, no students, no parents, nothing.”

Police say Rheinlander was behind the wheel of bus nine, when she ran into the back of bus 19 driven by Halling.

Officer Dempsey says the impact was significant.

“A lot of concussions, some sprains, whiplash, multiple parents called about that. Because of the impact and the disabling, it should have been reported and these were kids K through 5 crying and screaming.” Dempsy says.

On the bus that was rear ended was 10-year-old Daniel Irwin who talked to KDKA’s Brenda Waters outside his home.

“I ended up smacking my head on the window real hard.” Irwin said.

The buses are owned and operated by the Burgettstown school district.

Daniel’s mother said she has not been contacted by the district, and police say they haven’t either.

KDKA tried to reach the superintendent today, who was out of the office.

The drivers told police they didn’t call 911 because the kids said they were ok, but the investigation continues.

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