No one was injured
Monday when a Duneland School bus left the roadway on 1050N and slid off a
soft shoulder into a ditch.
occurred at 3:37 p.m., Duneland Transportation Director Jim Bonfield told
the Chesterton Tribune today.
The bus was
eastbound on 1050N, east of 11th Street and en route to the Duneland bus
barn, when the right front wheel left the pavement and hit a shoulder made
squishy soft by the thaw, Bonfield said. “There’s a 10-inch drop where the
driver first hit it and the shoulder’s so soft, it’s muck. The bus weighs
36,000 pounds and just got sucked in. She couldn’t get it back out.”
“We’ve seen this
happen numerous times to other vehicles but never a bus,” Bonfield added.
There was only one
student aboard, Bonfield said: the son of another driver, who is customarily
driven to the bus barn after school.
fortunate no one was injured,” Bonfield said. “It certainly is a testament
to how structurally sound school buses are, with reinforced roofs. School
buses are like big tanks.”
“It’s a very wide
bus on a very narrow road,” Bonfield noted. “The road could certainly use
some structural repair, maybe a gravel shoulder. Once you drop the right
wheel off, you can’t recover.”
damage done to the bus in the accident as “major.”
The Porter County
Sheriff’s Police did respond to the scene, Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the
Tribune this morning.