PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - A Wallenpaupack school bus, without any students aboard, collided with a SUV Tuesday morning, April 4.
Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joann Hudak, said that the bus (#65) had made a right from the Wallenpaupack North Campus after dropping off students, and was near the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center when it was hit.
According to Trooper Kristopher Ketten, Susan Jane Hoch of Hawley, was operating the 2017 school bus and was heading east on Route 6. Benjamin Alan Hess, of Saxton, Pa., was heading west, driving a 2005 Ford Excursion.
At 8:01 a.m., for unknown reasons, the Ford Excursion crossed over the center turning lane and into the east lane of Route 6. The driver front end of the Excursion struck the driver’s side front of the bus.
Both drivers were taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, with minor injuries, the trooper said.
School District personnel and emergency responders were on scene quickly, Hudak said. Tighten Fire Company and Hawley Fire Department arrived on scene.
Pictures show front-end damage to both vehicles. The school bus came to rest in the right, westbound lane of Route 6 but was partly over the curb in front of the Visitor’s Center. The white SUV, which was towing a large spool of hose, had crossed the turning lane and was jackknifed, the truck spanning perpendicular to the westbound lane of travel.