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Firefighter hit by school bus

| Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9:33 a.m.

A firefighter was bruised when he was hit by a Hempfield Area school bus Monday morning.

Albert Joseph Fiore, 55, of Hempfield No. 2, was directing traffic around an earlier, unrelated traffic accident at the intersection of Old Airport Road and Greensburg-Mt. Pleasant Road in Hempfield Township when the accident occurred.

According to state police, the bus was turning left onto Old Airport Road. Police said Fiore, who was standing on the berm, was hit when the right rear end of the bus swung out as it was making the turn.

He was knocked to the ground.

State police said the driver, Lawrence P. Fiaschetti, kept going, unaware that someone had been struck. He stopped when he was pulled over farther down the road.

Fiore was treated at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg, and released.

Hempfield Area School District's transportation director, Patrick Carnicella, said the bus was empty and was on its way to pick up Wendover Middle School students.

He said it was an accident.

"There's no way he could have seen him," he said.

He said Fiaschetti won't be driving until the results of drug and alcohol tests are returned. He said it is the school district's procedure to run the tests on drivers involved in accidents.

The fire department declined comment, saying that information would be released only through the firefighter's attorney.

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