Shattered glass and other debris covered the pavement at the intersection of Rt. 511 and Peck Wadsworth Road in Brighton Township on Thursday after a Wellington school bus collided with a car.
Just before 4 p.m., bus driver Gary Feron was headed west on Peck Wadsworth road, taking children home from school. Four children, one from McCormick Middle, one from the Lorain County JVS, and two from Westwood Elementary, were all passengers at the time of the crash.
After making a complete stop at the intersection at Rt. 511, Feron attempted to continue through the intersection where he hit the passenger’s side of a yellow Dodge Neon headed north on Rt. 511, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Ryan Pischel. Feron backed up the bus after the collision.
“It was just a mistake,” he said. “He didn’t see the Neon traveling northbound and he ended up in the intersection.”
Feron was cited with failure to yield.
The Neon skidded forward a little more than 64 feet from the point of impact and came to a halt in the embankment on the west side of Rt. 511.
Melissa Johnson of Wakeman was driving the Neon. Her mother and six-year-old daughter were also in the car.
Pischel said Johnson’s mother, who was sitting in the passengers seat, had to be freed by mechanical means. All three were taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin with non-life threatening injuries.
Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock and business manager Tim Wulfhoop arrived on the scene not long after the crash.
“We just have to follow proper protocol and make sure the kids are OK,” said Mock, indicating an investigation by district leaders would follow.
All four students in the bus were picked up from the scene by their parents.
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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
A yellow Dodge Neon was mangled Thursday after being struck by a Wellington school bus at the intersection of Rt. 511 and Peck Wadsworth Road in Brighton Township.