Forest Hills school bus crash maims bus, seriously injures driver

FOREST HILLS (KDKA) — The driver of a school bus was seriously injured when the bus slammed into the steel support pillar of the famous welcome sign at the Forest Hills entrance on Tuesday.

The accident was first reported shortly after 10 a.m. on Ardmore Boulevard near the Taco Bell at Kenmore and Sumner Avenues.

A witness captured this photo of the mangled school bus in Forest Hills.

(Source: Teia Driscoll)

The Lincoln Coach Lines bus driver had just dropped off a group of students at a Pittsburgh public school, officials at the scene said. No student was injured.

However, the driver was rushed to a local hospital. He is stable, Allegheny County Police said.

It took the crews around 30 minutes to dig it out of the wreckage. A Good Samaritan stopped at the scene and stayed with the driver until he was released.

“The man was just sitting like that in the vehicle. He looked like he was still conscious, just a little shaken,” said Kenny Ferree, the witness. “I crawled to the wreckage as close as I could get. His head was bleeding. I had nothing with me, I’m covered in blood. head back and I held him.”

A video shot by Ferree shows a close-up of the wreckage.

“I told him my name. He told me his name. We had a little chat. He wasn’t sure what was going on,” Ferree said.

The front of the bus was mangled, with the engine landing on the ground near the wreckage.

“What’s amazing is that I was late today,” Ferree said. “Tell me why?”

Accident investigation and reconstruction teams were at the scene trying to determine how it happened.


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