Car-bush crash

Charges have been filed against both drivers in the June 4 collision of a car and an Indiana Area School District bus at the intersection between the YMCA of Indiana County and Ben Franklin Elementary School in White Township.

According to court records, charges were filed Wednesday with Indiana Magisterial District Judge Guy B. Haberl against Thomas Andrew Grasty, 27, of Garnet Valley, Delaware County, and James B. Grube, 59, of Homer City.

Grasty will be returning to Indiana on Aug. 15 for a hearing before Haberl on two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and summary counts of careless driving and failure to stop at a red light.

Haberl is awaiting a plea from Grube, who was cited for a summary count of failure to observe traffic-control signals.

Both names were blacked out of a state police news release regarding the crash, but Grube was identified as the bus driver in an email from a relative.

State police said the driver of the car — believed to be Grasty — was flown to Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital with a “suspected serious injury” after the car collided with the bus then hit a utility pole shortly before 5 p.m. on June 4.

The violent crash happened where Ben Franklin Road intersects with Philadelphia Street.

Indiana state police spokesman Trooper Cliff Greenfield said the car was traveling west on Philadelphia Street toward the intersection, while the bus was traveling east.

“They were both entering that intersection at about the same time,” Greenfield said. “As they entered the intersection the car made a left turn, failing to yield to the oncoming school bus. The school bus impacted into the passenger side of the car.”

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Indiana Fire Association, Citizens’ Ambulance Service and state police at Indiana all were dispatched by Indiana County Emergency Management at 4:51 p.m.

Authorities said bystanders pulled the driver of the car out of his vehicle, a Honda Accord.

Investigating state Trooper Justin J. Kreutzberger said the driver of the car was transported by Citizens’ Ambulance to the helipad at Indiana Regional Medical Center from which he was flown to AGH, a Pittsburgh trauma center.