One motorist was flown to Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital with injuries suffered Tuesday afternoon when his car collided first with an Indiana Area School District bus and then a utility pole at the intersection between the YMCA of Indiana County and Ben Franklin Elementary School.
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 on West Pike shortly before 5 p.m.
“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.”
“The traffic signal would have been displaying a green light for both eastbound and westbound traffic,” Greenfield said.
“In that situation the driver turning left has a duty to yield to oncoming traffic.”
There were no passengers in either vehicle. Indiana County Emergency Management said Indiana Fire Association, Citizens’ Ambulance Service and state police at Indiana were sent to the scene at 4:51 p.m. Greenfield said the bus driver was not injured.
Authorities said bystanders pulled the driver of the car out of his vehicle, with what state police described as “injuries of unknown severity.”
Trooper Justin 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 the Pittsburgh trauma center.
As state troopers swarmed the scene to determine what happened, volunteers from Indiana Fire Association provided traffic control. Philadelphia Street was closed at the intersection while Ben Franklin Road South was down to one lane between the intersection and Shelly Drive on the other side of Ben Franklin School.
An Indiana County Transit Authority supervisor said the traffic restrictions had not affected IndiGO buses following the crash.