SUBJECT: Driver Using Cell Phone Causes School Bus Crash
RELEASE NUMBER: 2021-NR-002
CONTACT: Col. Noah Robinson / Sgt. Brandon Harrison
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
A driver distracted by a cell phone caused a collision with an Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation bus on Diamond Avenue.
On Friday, January 15, 2021 at approximately 07:33 AM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle crash on State Road 66 (Diamond Ave) at Resurrection Drive. Upon arrival deputies found a grey Mercury Grand Marquis, a Buick Envision, and an EVSC school bus wrecked in the roadway. Witnesses reported that the Grand Marquis was eastbound on SR 66 before entering the intersection under a red signal.
The Grand Marquis struck the Envision, which was traveling southbound thru the intersection. The Envision then collided with the EVSC bus, which was traveling northbound across the intersection.
A single child was on the school bus at the time of the accident but was not injured. The driver of the school bus and the Grand Marquis did not require medical attention on scene. The driver of the Envision was taken to Deaconess Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Grand Marquis admitted to deputies that he was using a cell phone at the time of the accident. The driver was cited for Use of a Telecommunications Device While Operating a Vehicle and Disregarding a Traffic Control Device.
Pictured above: Crash scene on SR 66.