‘Disaster averted’: Logging truck strikes Lancaster school bus stop arm, officials say

School officials in Lancaster County say a disaster was averted Wednesday morning when a logging truck knocked the crossing gate off a stopped school bus.

Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, said in a written statement a student had boarded the bus on Flat Rock Road moments before the truck hit the crossing gate.

The student was not hurt but the incident was described as a near miss, Vaughn said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol and State Transport Police were on the scene investigating, Vaughn said.

The bus serves Andrew Jackson High School, Vaughn said.

In a post on the school district’s safety and transportation Facebook page, Vaughn said “disaster was averted.”

“We are thankful our students and driver were not hurt in this near miss,” Vaughn said in the post.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.