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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware have identified a woman who died Tuesday after her car collided with a school bus.

State police said in a statement Wednesday that the woman was 45-year-old Kelly A. Brandenburg of Smyrna, Delaware.

There were no children on the bus at the time. The bus driver was uninjured.

Police are continuing to investigate. The wreck occurred Tuesday at about 6 a.m. on Route 13 just north of Smyrna. The school bus was pulling onto 13 when it collided with Brandenburg's Kia Spectra.

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The Indian River School District said it is moving ahead with plans to hand the school bus driver shortage.

WBOC reports that Superintendent Mark Steele said the district has been using spare buses to cover four of the district’s routes because one of their contractors lost six its drivers.

The loss affected 240 students.

The television station reported that three of the routes are in Georgetown while the other is in East Millsboro.

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A Cape Henlopen school bus crash has left 26-year-old Milton man in critical condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Coastal Highway and Reynolds Road.

Police say the man was driving north on Route 1 in a Chrysler Sebring.

A 73-year-old Milford man driving a Blue Bird school bus was waiting to turn onto Route 1 when after some maneuvering the Chrysler entered the crossover and struck the bus on the right side.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - One child has suffered non-life threatening injuries after a school bus collided with an oncoming pickup truck.

Delaware State Police said in a statement Thursday that 15 students were on the bus. All were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police said the children were between the ages of six and 11 and attended Passion Care Day Care Center in Bear. 

The crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Wrangle Hill Road at River Road north of Delaware City.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A school bus crash in Delaware has injured two students and the driver of a car.
Delaware State Police said in a statement that the crash happened Monday morning at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive in Newark. Police say the bus was carrying about 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark when it crashed with a car.
Police say the driver of the car and two children who were on the bus were taken to hospitals with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening.

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HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say a car that tried to pass a school bus full of eighth-graders from Pennsylvania that was headed to Washington, D.C., on a field trip clipped the bus, causing it to overturn.

State Police say the southbound car lost control Monday morning as it tried to pass the bus on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland, came back across travel lanes and clipped the front of the bus.

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FELTON, Del. (AP) - State police are investigating a school bus crash that sent 11 students to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the crash happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday outside Lake Forest High School.

Police say the bus driver, a 75-year old Harrington man, failed to come to a complete stop as he was pulling out of the school parking lot and pulled into the path of a Jeep Wrangler being driven by an 18-year-old Lake Forest High School student.

The student was treated for her non-life-threatening injuries.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police in Norfolk say a school bus overturned on a highway onramp and six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police spokesman Officer Daniel Hudson said by telephone that the bus on Tuesday morning hit an angled wall along the onramp for Interstate 64 and overturned. The bus with 22 students on board was traveling from Granby High School to Norfolk Technical Center.

Hudson says six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State officials say the driver of a Baltimore school bus involved in a deadly crash with a commuter bus shouldn't have been driving because his commercial license had been suspended two months earlier.

Glenn Chappell also could have been kept from driving because he pleaded guilty in 2012 to second-degree assault. A State Board of Education regulation says a school system "may not" permit someone convicted of a violent crime to operate a school vehicle.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Investigators in Baltimore are focusing on speed as they delve into the collision between a school bus and a commuter bus that killed both drivers and four mass-transit riders.

City police spokesman T.J. Smith said Wednesday that both vehicles were moving "at a pretty good rate of speed" when the school bus crossed the center line and smashed into the Maryland Transit Administration bus early Tuesday morning. But he says investigators haven't determined how fast they were going.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Investigators hope an autopsy, a survivor and recording equipment will help explain why a school bus slammed into a commuter bus in Baltimore, killing six people.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the Tuesday morning crash that also left 10 people injured.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith says the 67-year-old school bus driver died, but a female aide who was the only other person aboard that bus survived with minor injuries.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police three people were hurt after a car and school bus carrying 37 children crashed in Newark.

The agency said in a news release that the crash occurred just before 7 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Salem Church Road. Troopers say 49-year-old Ahmad Abdullah of Wilmington was driving Toyota Corolla east on Old Baltimore Pike.

Officers say Abdullah failed to stop on a solid red traffic signal and collided with a school bus driven by 55-year-old John Ewasko of Wilmington.

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A fight aboard a Christiana High School bus forced the driver to pull yesterday after on Interstate 95.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the fight broke out around 2:30 p.m. as the bus was taking the students home.

And, eventually it engulfed the entire bus.

Police were called and one student was taken to a local hospital after suffering injuries in the fight.

The News Journal reports that some of the students left the bus to walk home but that they were quickly picked up.

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It could be a few tough days for parents expecting buses to take their children to school in Delaware in the Fall.

Among the problems facing the contractors is a shortage of bus drivers as well as increasing costs.

David Sutton runs the Sutton Bus Company in Stanton.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that many of the bus driving jobs are part-time and include some extensive requirements.

These range from a commercial driver's license and background check to a drug test and fingerprinting.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a school bus caught fire, but the driver and two children aboard escaped safely.

The East Millsboro Elementary School bus came to a stop on Carey's Camp Road in Millsboro early Monday morning. The operator told police that the bus stopped and then she saw smoke and flames coming from the front of the bus.

The driver and two children, an 11-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy, used the emergency exit at the rear of the bus to escape. Shortly after, the bus was engulfed in flames.

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46-year old Michael Press has been arrested and charged with the murder of 61-year old Accomack County school bus driver Leon Harmon.  

Harmon was found dead  outside his home with wounds to his body after the sheriff’s office got word of an assault and possible death on Cold Kall Lane in Horntown.

The bus driver was much beloved among local residents.

Harmon had been returned to the northern Accomack County bus route he had driven for nearly four decades after a brief suspension in 2012.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Some parents and school board members in southern Delaware say they are caught between state mandates and local safety concerns in the placement of school bus stops.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports several buses in the Cape Henlopen School District have stopped driving into housing developments to pick up students. The district mandated a walk zone this year based on state rules.

Some parents say their students now have to wait along busy roads in Lewes.

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A Talbot County school bus drove into a ditch this morning at around 7 a.m.

But authorities say no one was injured.

The Talbot County Public School District says that the driver swerved to avoid a tree branch in the road but the bus then slid into a ditch because of a soft shoulder.

WBOC reports that three students were taken to the Easton Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure.

All parents were contacted and the scene was declared cleared by mid-morning.  

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Middle school students in the Indian River School District could push back start and dismissal times by 15 minutes in an effort to get double usage from the school buses.

School officials say that this has become necessary because of the growth of the population in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele told WBOC that this was the only option because “We were really kinda bursting at the seams.”

Steele noted that last year the kindergarten went from half day to full day which meant that more students were using the school buses.

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There has been a collision on Noxontown Road and Delaware Route 71 involving two school buses two SUV’s and house.

The accident occurred around 7:25 this morning.

Authorities say that a southbound Appoquinimink bus struck the rear of a southbound Chryler Pacifica that was stopped to turn left onto Noxontown road.

The SUV was pushed into the northbound lanes where it hit the northbound Christina school bus which ended up in a ditch.

A Kia Sedona swerved off the roadway to avoid a collision and struck a house.

School Bus Crash in Bear

Apr 30, 2012


     BEAR, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash involving in a school bus on U.S. Route 40 in Bear.

     Police say the crash happened at the Route 1 southbound on-ramp about 8:15 a.m. Monday. Authorities say a 2000 Toyota Minivan struck a 2007 Saturn in the left turn lane of the highway, pushing the Saturn into the school bus.

     Police say seven of the 30 students on the bus were taken to Christiana Hospital as a precaution.