Madison Hose Co. No. 1 Fire Chief David Thomas says a school bus accident around 7:30 a.m. resulted in disruption and backed-up traffic but, fortunately, no injuries.
Thomas said it appears as though a car collided with a school bus at the intersection of Green Hill Road and Ridge Road, which is near Daniel Hand High School, Polson Middle School, and Jeffrey Middle School. The bus, on its way to to Daniel Hand High School, was carrying high school students. The car was driven by a high school student also en route to school, according to school and public safety officials familiar with the details of the accident.
All the students were checked out and appear to be fine, Thomas said."We called the school administrator to make sure everyone was fine."
Interim School Superintendent Anita Rutlin said all 23 students on the bus, and the student in the car, all appear to be fine. She said each of the students was checked out by the school nurse. Daniel Hand High School Principal Barbara Britton and Assistant Principal Cynthia Schneider spoke with the parents of all the students involved, Rutlin said.
"When they came into the school, the school nurse checked all of the kids one more time to make sure they were all OK, and they all are. Happily, they are all in their classes this morning, just a little late this morning," she said.
"And the young lady, a student who was driving herself to school this morning in her own car, she's alright too. All the parents know that their children are just fine," Rutlin said.
"It was an accident, we wish we didn't have accidents, but we did and we're just glad everyone is fine," Rutlin said. She said Madison police, fire, and ambulance responded to the scene as a precaution, rather than because someone was injured.
According to a report on WFSB, "the intersection was closed shortly after the crash so emergency crews could respond to the scene, but officials have since reopened the road."
This article was updated Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:50 a.m. to clarify the circumstances surrounding the accident.
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