No injuries after vehicle hits school bus
BROCTON – There were no injuries following an accident involving three vehicles, one of which was a school bus, Friday morning.
According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, around 8 a.m. Brocton school bus driver Laurie Travis, 42, of Brocton had stopped the bus on Route 20 with the red lights on.
The second driver, Nicholas Liberatore, 21, of Brocton stopped behind the bus.
The third driver, Michael Manganiello, 28, of Angola was distracted by something off the roadway and was unable to stop in time due to road conditions. Manganiello’s vehicle side-swiped the right side of Liberatore’s vehicle and rear ended the bus.
There were two students on the bus at the time of the accident and no one was injured.
Superintendent of Brocton Central School John Hertlein said this was an unusual set of circumstances.
“This was a strange accident; this doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “I have been working there over 40 years and this is the first time this has happened.”
The two young female children had just gotten on the bus when the accident occurred.
“I brought down the school nurse and had the students and bus driver examined,” Hertlein said. “The students went to school and the bus driver stayed to talk with police.”
Hertlein said it was his job to take care of the children.
“Most people can see a big yellow bus,” he said. “The car directly behind the bus had been missed completely.”
Hertlein said the car struck the corner of the bus and there didn’t seem to be much damage.
Manganiello was issued tickets for speed not reasonable and prudent. He is to appear in court at a later time.
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