Police say GCCS bus driver's actions just before accident saved lives


by WHAS11


Posted on April 11, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 6:48 PM

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) - Three people were injured Wednesday morning after a pick up truck rear-ended a school bus in Charlestown.

The accident happened in the west bound lanes of SR 62 around 7:30 a.m. when Greater Clark County Schools bus #126 was stopped at some railroad tracks.

According to Charlestown police, the small Ford pickup truck slammed into the back of a Greater Clark County School bus at a high rate of speed.

Approximately 25 students from Charlestown and New Washington high schools were aboard the bus headed for Jeffersonville High School. Officials said the bus carries students from all three high schools to the Prosser School of Technology in New Albany.

Police said the quick actions of the bus driver probably saved lives. Apparently the driver noticed the truck was not slowing down and he attempted to accelerate to diminish the impact of the crash.

The driver of the truck, 33-year-old Frank “Shane” Davidson of Charlestown, was extricated by Charlestown Fire Department and air lifted to University Hospital in Louisville.  He is in serious condition.

Two students suffered minor injuries and were taken to Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.  There were three other students who complained of minor pain and were picked up by their parents at the scene of the accident.

“It would have been far worse if the [bus] driver didn’t take those measures and speed up and try to move,” said Maj. Jason Broady, Assistant Chief of Police for Charlestown Police Department.

But, Owens credits his actions to his training and 40 years of experience driving buses.

“That’s training we go through,” said Owens. “You keep your mind on safety, trying to keep from getting hurt, especially your students at all costs.”

Police said the investigation is active and they are awaiting toxicology reports.