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Driver of bus that slid down embankment charged with failure to stop

The driver of a mini bus that overturned and slid down an embankment Tuesday morning in the town of South Valley was charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Shortly before 7 a.m., Louis J. Gagliardo, 55, of Olean was operating a 2009 Chevy Suburban minibus owned by Corvus Bus & Charter when he lost control while approaching a stop sign at Bone Run Road and West Perimeter Road, sheriff's officials said. On board was a bus monitor and a 4-year-old boy who was on his way to his preschool.

The bus went through the stop sign and crashed through a guard rail on the southeast side of West Perimeter. The bus overturned and went down an embankment, coming to rest on its passenger side, sheriff's officials said.

Gagliardo and the bus monitor, Tracy S. Treadway, 57, of Cuba, were taken to WCA Hospital for neck and back injuries. The child was checked at the scene and released with no injuries, officials said.

4-year-old reportedly on bus that slid down Cattaraugus County embankment

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