2 injured in crash with school bus
The driver of a South Harrison school bus and the 23 students she was carrying from Corydon Elementary, Corydon Intermediate and Corydon Central Junior-Senior High schools were not injured when a motorcycle side-swiped the bus last Wednesday afternoon. However, a New Salisbury man and his daughter ‘ Steven C. Tyler, 49, and Amanda J. Tyler, 18 ‘ riding the 2007 Harley-Davidson XTD were transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville with multiple, non-life threatening injuries.
The crash occurred just past 3:30 in the 4000 block of Union Chapel Road south of Corydon. According to police reports, Steven Tyler said he was traveling north on Union Chapel Road when he met the school bus in a curve. He told police he attempted to get over and avoid the bus but couldn’t.
The driver of the bus, Yvonne Kopp, 64, told police she was over to the right side of the roadway as far as possible when the motorcycle struck her bus. She later told school administrators she was stopped with the bus’ stop-arm extended when the motorcycle topped a hill on the road. The motorcycle struck the left front of the bus, skidded along the side of the vehicle, came back across the road and then came to rest about 20 feet away in a ditch.
After the crash, South Harrison officials sent another bus to pick up the students. While most of the students seemed unfazed by the incident, some of the students wept as they were removed from one bus and walked to the other by principals Tamela Brewer of CES and Sandra Joseph of CIS.
‘Corydon Central High School Co-Principal Jennie Capelle called each parent that night and made sure a counselor was available for any of the students who wanted to speak to her. Mrs. Brewer notified her counselor that night of the situation and developed a plan for the counselor to meet with the students,’ South Harrison Assistant Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said.
‘Not only was sending another bus a precaution after making sure the students were OK, we wanted to get the students home and away from the accident.
Plus, with the damage to the bus, we needed to make sure we transported students to their respective homes on a bus that was fully functional. This also allowed the damaged bus to be further inspected and to allow time for officers to complete any investigation necessary regarding the accident.’
In addition to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Emergency Medical Services and Harrison Township and Heth Township volunteer firefighters assisted.