Four Clymer Central School District students suffered non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning when the bus they were riding in went off the roadway, traveled about 500 feet in a roadside ditch and hit a driveway culvert causing the bus to go airborne, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies reported Wednesday.
The bus was traveling west on Route 474 near the Village of Panama around 8:20 a.m. when the incident occurred, police said. The bus landed nose down in a earth embankment causing the hood to be torn off, police said.
Eight students being transported to the Ashville BOCES Center were on the bus at the time and four of them were transported to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, police said. The bus driver, Betty J. Bayle, of Clymer, was uninjured.
She was charged with failure to maintain her lane and will be back in the Town of Harmony Court at a later date. Additional charges were pending the outcome of the investigation.