School Bus Accident Results In No Injuries

Accident on Green Hill Road, near Ridge Road causes disruption, backed up traffic just as school day starts.


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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Robert Bracer May 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Thanks yet again to Jim Deephouse and his cronies for the "vote NO for better education" signs. Traffic on Greenhill Rd. has been a nightmare since the new HS was built in the wrong place.
Beach Wood May 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
That intersection needs a 4 way stop. Are they waiting for someone to get injured next time??? Craziness
Anita Bath May 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The last thing you need is a 4 way stop! Imagine the accidents when people fly up that hill and rear end the car stopped at the sign?
Susan Reel May 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The traffic there certainly is an absolute nightmare. Whether a 4-way stop would help, I don't know. It certainly is a confusing intersection. Have they ever considered having a police officer direct traffic there? Or combine the Polson buses with the Daniel Hand buses and cut the bus number in half? Or change the start time of one of the schools so they don't start at the same time?
Cathy Marsh May 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I heard from a student who was a witness in the bus that the bus driver put the bus into reverse and backed into the Volvo. The bus driver was pulling out I'd the dump road and was LOST not knowing that she should turn right and proceed towards the school. That she may have turned left heading to 79 and realized her error and but the bus into reverse and hit the poor girl. Somebody better be checking the facts?! And this bus driver was new or new to the route. Somebody better apologize to the student for inferring that she caused harm???
Mike Atkins May 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Let's not forget that the high school girl was driving a Volvo. No worries, Daddy wil buy a new one. Gotta love Madison!
Pem McNerney (Editor) May 05, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Let's not forget that the police are investigating and have not yet released the report so that all of the above, while very interesting, amounts to talk around town that may be true or not. I'll check again on Monday to see if the police have anything. As of Friday and this am they were making no public reports on anything relating to this accident.
Pem McNerney (Editor) May 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Interesting. Do you know if that witness provided a report to the police? That, at this point, would be the best way of making sure the facts get recorded and checked against other witness accounts and those of both drivers. Let me know. Thx.
Cathy Marsh May 06, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Wow, we have folks complaining about"Madison".... About past school committees, being critical about intersections that probably had little bearing on this accident and many deleted posts?! Maybe we all have too much time on our hands ? Now you are picking on the brands of cars some kid was driving. Our duds might ve driving our used Volvo and I rebounded to this hometown of mine and my brother was almost killed at that intersection and that IS why that sign was placed there in the 70s.
Matt May 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Here's a thought. Open your eyes while driving. If you do that, you will no longer need to demand a change to an intersection that has nothing wrong with it to begin with.
Beach Wood May 08, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Nope.. Def needs a 4 way stop, saw 2 close calls just this afternoon but whos counting, this is stupid. BW
Matt May 08, 2012 at 11:10 AM
You realize this accident has absolutely nothing to do with the stop sign, right? In fact it occurred AT the stop sign where two vehicles had obeyed it in the first place. It's completely unnecessary to add a 4 way stop at that intersection. I doubt your "close calls" were of any consequence either since you haven't accurately judged the situation at hand either.
Chris Johnson May 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Comments like these never fail to make me laugh.
Beach Wood May 09, 2012 at 01:11 AM
K Matt...doesnt matter anyways. Gtg! Have stuff to do


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