No children hurt in Friday morning bus incident

Area man airlifted to Iowa City hospital from scene on West Point Road.

BY PCC STAFF

WEST POINT – An area man has been airlifted to Iowa City hospitals after crashing into the back of a Central Lee school bus Friday morning.

According to Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, the accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of West Point Road.

“No children were injured as a result of the accident,” Weber said. “But an adult male who struck the back of the bus was airlifted from the scene to an Iowa City hospital.

“The bus driver did a good job protecting the kids and Central Lee schools got to the scene very quickly to handle the students.”

Weber said the students were removed from the bus and taken to a shelter supplied by Jones Contracting, away from the scene.

Central Lee Superintendent Dr. Andy Crozier confirmed that all of the students and the driver were without injury. He said students and the driver were checked out by paramedics at the scene and by school nursing staff back on the property.

“It wasn’t a full bus and it was at the start of our route so sometimes timing helps and that was the case today,” he said.

“Because it was the start of our route, I don’t believe there were any kids in the back of the bus and we’re very thankful for that.”

Crozier was out of town at a meeting and said he believes the bus was driven back to the school.

He also thanks Pat and Maggie Jones of Jones Contracting for sheltering the students in one of the company’s sheds.

“We’re also very concerned about the driver of the vehicle and it’s our hope that he’s okay,” Crozier said.

The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department, but Weber said the bus was stationary facing south on a student pick-up when it was struck from behind by a vehicle also heading southbound.

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