By Travis Mounts
CHENEY – There were no injuries in a Tuesday afternoon crash involving a school bus and a teen driver.
The accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 391st Street West and 15th Street South – also known as Old Highway 54 – just outside of Cheney.
There were 10 students on the bus at the time of the crash. Cheney schools had let out for the day just a few minutes prior.
Cheney Police Chief Ken Winter said a 16-year-old driver was northbound on 391st Street and failed to yield the right of way to the school bus, which was westbound on 15th Street. There are stop signs and flashing lights for northbound and southbound drivers.
“She tried to avoid the accident,” Winter said about the bus driver, but it was too late. “We were pretty fortunate there was nobody hurt.”
The driver of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruz was ticketed for failure to yield. The bus was a 1998 Chevrolet Bluebird.
USD 268 superintendent David Grover visited the scene and said the district’s emergency planning worked like it was supposed to. A notification was sent to all parents whose children potentially ride that bus, known as Bus No. 1.
“Before we ever start school, our drivers have a list of who is on that route, and their parents’ names and contacts,” Grover said. Because not all students ride their bus every day, it was not immediately known who all was still on the bus. Once that was determined, the family of each student on the bus was contacted directly.
Grover said family members came to pick up the 10 students, and the district did not have to send out another bus to get the students.
“We have a huge appreciation for our local responders,” he said. “We’re just very grateful.”
The Cheney Police Department, Cheney Fire and Rescue and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department all responded.