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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
A woman was seriously injured Tuesday when her car struck a school bus at Clinton Street and East State Boulevard.

Car-bus crash hurts 1, bogs traffic

A crash between a car and a school bus at State Boulevard and Clinton Street on Tuesday morning seriously injured one woman and blocked traffic at the intersection for more than an hour.

Police said the school bus was traveling south in the far left lane on Clinton Street when a newer Honda Accord apparently ran a red light and hit the side of the bus just in front of the rear wheel. The bus was pushed off the road and against a retaining wall by the impact. The car, meanwhile, smashed in much of the lower side of the bus, knocked off its drive shaft and other parts.

The driver of the car, described only as a young woman, was trapped in the wreckage for a short time. Rescue workers had to tear the roof and doors off the car to get her out. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said.

There were no children on the school bus, which was on its way to Anthis Career Center to pick up students and take them to Northrop High School. The bus driver was shaken, school officials said, but not injured.

Bob Rinearson, supervisor of safety and student management for Fort Wayne Community Schools, said he had never seen such damage to a school bus after a crash.

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the 2012 Bluebird school bus sustained extensive damage, with significant damage to the drive shaft and the underside of the bus.

But the area where students sit, known as the box, had no significant damage.

“From the inside of the bus, you could not even tell it was in a crash,” she said. “That’s comforting.”

The decision on whether to repair the bus would depend on whether it could be fixed in such a way as to remain structurally safe and sound, she said.

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