Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 9, 2013

Brownsburg school bus in crash near Lebanon

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Eleven people, including six developmentally disabled children, escaped serious injuries Thursday, Oct. 3, in a grinding collision at a Boone County intersection.

The impact of the crash late Thursday morning at County Roads 100 S and 400 E was so severe it bent the frame of the Brownsburg Community School Corp. bus. The children and their four adult chaperones were returning from a field trip at a Boone County farm.

It would require a tremendous impact to bend the bus’s frame, said Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy A.J. Naekel, one of the investigating deputies.

An unharvested cornfield at the southwest corner of the intersection may have contributed to the accident. Bus driver Megan Guard, 23, Zionsville, told Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Mahoy she was going north on CR 400 E, and thought the intersection was a four-way stop. She was not familiar with the area, she said. Guard told Mahoy she could not see around the corn and inched into the intersection.

Arthur Janneck, 28, rural Lebanon, was going east on CR 100 E. He told Mahoy he saw the bus, a compact model painted a nontraditional white, too late to avoid impact. Skid marks suggest that Janneck hit the brakes on his black Kia Spectra a few feet before the intersection.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.