School bus driver, motorist hurt in collision on Woodland Drive

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By Jesef Williams

Two people suffered minor injuries Friday morning after a school bus hit a car on Woodland Drive in front of Lancaster High School.

Brenda Nicole Smith, the bus driver, was about to pull out of the school's bus loop shortly before 8 a.m. and Tina Jones-Miles was stopped on Woodland in a two-door Ford, waiting for traffic, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.

Smith began to make the left turn onto Woodland when the bus slid on grass and lost control, said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District's director of safety and transportation.

The bus fishtailed, striking the car, Vaughn said. The car was hit on the front right side.

Smith was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released for back spasms.

Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services treated Miles on the scene. She was feeling light-headed, Vaughn said.

Smith had just finished dropping off students at the high school. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

It's estimated that Smith was driving 30 mph in the 25-mph zone, the report said. Police told the school district that no charges will be filed, Vaughn said.

The estimated damage to the Ford is $5,000 and the bus damage is estimated at $2,000, the report said.

Vaughn said the district will review the accident.

When a bus driver is at fault in an accident, punishment can range from remediation to suspension or dismissal, Vaughn said.