School official lauds driver, accident responders

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Car snaps power pole, dropping line onto bus

CANNELTON - No children were hurt when a speeding car went off the road and struck a power pole late Friday afternoon, dropping an electrical line into the roadway, where it came into contact with the school bus they were riding.

Responses by bus driver Tim Rogier and rescue and law-enforcement officials went exactly as they should have, according to Bruce Chinn, assistant to the superintendent of the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. He and Tell City High School Principal Dale Stewart were among those responding to the accident on Sugar Maple Road east of Cannelton.

Only six children were on the bus, Chinn said, when according to Cannelton Patrolman Micah Jackson, Trevor R. Fisher, driving north, lost control, left the road and struck the pole, sending the power line into the road.

Driving the opposite direction, Rogier stopped the bus when he realized the line had fallen and contacted the bus, Chinn said. The driver kept the children on the bus until it was determined they could be evacuated safely.

Southern Indian Rural Electric Cooperative workers also responded to the site and, along with Cannelton Police Department and county sheriff's department and emergency responders, were among those Chinn lauded.

Jackson said Fisher, who resides on Sugar Maple Road, was being cited by Sheriff's Deputy Daymion Marsh for driving too fast to avoid a collision.