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Driver hurt, two students escape injury in bus mishap

BODINES – Two children riding on a Williamsport Area School District bus escaped unharmed, but the driver suffered minor injuries Friday morning when the bus went off the side of the very narrow Lower Bodines Road, according to emergency responders.

No one else was on the bus.

The driver was trying to make room to allow an approaching car to pass when the right side of the bus went off the edge of the road, witness Adrienne Banzhaf said.

“It was scary. It was like watching it happen in slow motion,” Banzhaf said.

She and a friend were walking along Lower Bodines Road when the mishap occurred about 8 20 a.m.

“It was like the most surreal thing I ever saw,” she said.

Her immediate concern was knowing if any children were on the bus and if they were ok.

Trout Run volunteer firefighters safely took the two students and the driver off the bus through the emergency exit.

The driver was taken by Ralston ambulance to UPMC Williamsport.

A school van picked up the two children and took them to their school, Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School, where they would likely be first examined by a nurse before going to class, officials said.

Another school district bus was used to pick up other students along the route.

State police are investigating the accident.

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