Car collides with bus near Tunkhannock

A car collided with a Tunkhannock Area school bus with students on Tuesday morning. The driver of the scar and five students were treated at area hospitals. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER

A car collided with a Tunkhannock Area school bus with students on Tuesday morning. The driver of the scar and five students were treated at area hospitals. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

TUNKHANNOCK TWP. – Five Tunkhannock Area School District students were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries after their school bus and a car collided on Route 307 Tuesday at 7:35 a.m.

The other 30 students on the bus were taken to the district’s middle school and high school, said Tunkhannock Area Superintendent Michael J. Healey.

He said the bus carried students from grades five through 12.

“Our emergency procedures to handle this worked as well as they could,” Healey said.

First responders from about a half-dozen ambulance companies responded to the scene, which was about half a mile east of Route 307′s intersection with Route 92.

The bus was hit by a Chevrolet Impala driven by Dalton resident Brian Jonas, who told police he was tired after working a 12-hour night shift and possibly fell asleep at the wheel while driving south on Route 307, police said.

The children were evacuated from the bus through the rear emergency door by the bus driver, Nancy Stevens of Tunkhannock.

Around noon on Tuesday, James McGuire spokesman for Commonwealth Health confirmed that its Tyler Memorial Hospital had treated and released five students.

Jonas was taken from the scene with a head injury. Information on his condition was not immediately available.

Officers learned that Jonas’ driving privileges were suspended at the time of the accident.

He will be charged with driving while under suspension and failure to wear a seat belt, police said.

Times-Tribune staff writer Joseph Kohut also contributed to this story.