NORTHFIELD CENTER — A Nordonia Hills School District bus driver has to go through safety retraining following a minor collision while she was taking students to Nordonia Middle School Monday, District Business Director Matt Gaugler said Wednesday.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, a citation for a minor misdemeanor rules for turns violation was filed against the 46-year-old Cleveland woman Wednesday.
Gaugler said that the bus, carrying around a dozen students, was traveling north on Leonard Avenue from Route 82 at about 7:50 a.m. and apparently drifted a little into the opposite lane of traffic while making the turn west toward the school.
"When the bus rounded that 90-degree angle, the bus clipped the front driver’s side fender of a pickup truck" going in the opposite direction, said Gaugler.
Gaugler said all of the students were checked for possible injuries. One boy reported neck pain, said Gaugler, and a parent took him to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg. The parent later informed the district that "the child was fine," said Gaugler. A girl hit her knee, he said, but was checked by Summit County sheriff’s deputies and a school nurse and was also OK. No other potential injuries were reported, said Gaugler.
Gaugler said the driver had only just started driving for the district, having only completed training toward the end of the last school year. The safety retraining takes a week and she needs to complete it before she can drive again.
Gaugler said that due to the minor nature of the collision, it was felt that the safety retraining, the minimum consequence required under district policies when a driver is cited, would be appropriate. Other penalties, including suspension or termination of employment, can come into play in more severe incidents, he said.
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