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No children harmed in Manor bus crash

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
A bus transporting five children to Lenape Elementary collided with a vehicle on Route 66 in Manor Tuesday. September 24, 2013..

MANOR — No children were hurt when a school bus carrying kindergarten students collided with a car along Route 66 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

According to state police, the A 47 bus (owned by A.J. Myers and Sons) collided with a silver Volkswagen Passat, driven by Geno Zucco, 66, of Pittsburgh, at 12:13 p.m., near Pastimes Pub and Grill across Route 66 from Garda's Restaurant.

Police said the crash occurred when Zucco was attempting to make a left turn onto Stitt Hill Road. The bus driver, Valerie Smeltzer, 54, of Kittanning, was unable to stop the bus in time and it collided with the car.

All five Lenape Elementary School students were evaluated at the scene by medical personnel and no injuries were reported.

Kylie Smail, 5, was met at the scene by her mother, April.

“Our bus crashed into a car,” said Kylie.

Kylie said she had been scared at first. But within minutes she was smiling and told her mother she wanted to go to school.

Zucco was transported from the scene by ambulance for medical evaluation, said police. Smeltzer did not appear to have sustained any injuries.

Members of Ford City and Ford Cliff fire departments and Ford City ambulance were among those who assisted at the scene.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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