LANCASTER — A middle school student with a bloody nose walked away from a collision after the driver of pickup rear-ended a Lancaster school bus Tuesday afternoon, officials say.
Twenty-four students from South Middle School were on the transit-style bus as it crossed over railroad tracks on South Main Street in city limits at about 3:50 p.m., said Bryan Vaughn, safety director for the Lancaster County school district.
The driver did what she was supposed to do when she stopped at the crossing to make sure no trains were approaching, Vaughn said. That’s when a pickup truck hit the back of the bus at a low speed.
The collision was “low-impact,” Vaughn said, and left the bus with nothing more than a scratched bumper. The pickup truck, though, suffered more damage.
Both the driver of the truck and bus were OK, Vaughn said.
It was unclear late Tuesday if the driver of the pickup will face any charges.
“One child was a little shaken up,” Vaughn said, adding that another suffered from a nosebleed. There were no serious injuries reported.
Paramedics treated the children on scene, he said. Another bus arrived to take the students, all sixth- through eighth-graders, home. Some parents arrived to escort their children home.
The bus was en route to Lancaster High School when the collision happened, Vaughn said.
Lancaster County students opened the new school year on Monday, district spokesman David Knight said.