Arkansas school bus driver causes crash; 1 injured

Legal news for Arkansas personal injury attorneys. A school bus driver left the bus in neutral, and ran into another motorist.

Arkansas personal injury lawyers alert—A school bus driver in Fort Smith, AK caused a crash which injured one person.

Fort Smith, AK– A woman was rushed to the hospital after her vehicles was struck head-on by a school bus while she waiting for the bus to proceed after dropping off some students. The collision occurred on Thursday, January 21, 2010, around 3:45 p.m., at Albert Pike Avenue, as reported by the SWTimes.com.

The Fort Smith Police Department reported that Ramona Gilkey, 47, was stopped and waiting for a school bus to finish dropping off students at a bus stop in the 2500 block of Albert Pike Avenue. The school bus, driven by Michael Hogue, then drove head-on into Gilkey’s vehicle, after the bus driver forgot that he left the bus in neutral. Houge was reportedly having issues putting the bus in drive after dropping off a physically handicapped student. Apparently Houge was not aware that the bus doors needed to be completely closed in order for the bus to move forward. When a dispatcher instructed the bus driver on what to look for, he did, but forgot the bus was in neutral, causing the collision. The nine students on the bus at the time were not injured. Gilkey was transported by emergency medical services (EMS) teams to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police officials are conducting a full investigation into the accident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Arkansas personal injury lawyers.

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