No student injuries were reported when a north Iowa school bus was struck from behind by a passenger car Tuesday morning.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says the collision occurred on Highway 187 about one mile south of Arlington just before 8 a.m. An investigation determined that the Starmont School District bus operated by 68-year-old Janaan German of Lamont was slowing down due to a vehicle broken down on the side of the road. A 16-year-old driver of a Chevy Malibu behind the school bus did not see the bus slowing down due to the sun and struck the rear end of the bus.
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and the car is believed to be a total loss. There was about $5,000 in damages to the school bus.
At the time of the wreck, the bus was transporting 28 students to school. They were transferred to a different bus and then transported back to Starmont School where they were all evaluated for any injuries by medical staff. There were no initial reports of injuries to the students or bus driver.
The Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Ambulance also assisted at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.