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No one hurt as NA bus struck

January 17, 2011

    The second accident involving a school bus in Adams County in less than a week occurred Friday in downtown Decatur at 3:20 p.m.
    A Decatur Police Department report said Lydia A. Lockwood, 16, Hickory Road, Decatur, was eastbound in her van at the intersection of Monroe and Third Street. She told police she thought she had the green light and entered the intersection.
    Witnesses said, however, the green light favored a northbound North Adams Community Schools bus driven by Fred J. Kunkel, 54, rural Decatur, the report said. Kunkel said he tried to get stopped to avoid a collision when he saw the van was not stopping, but the vehicles collided causing $2,501-$5,000 in damage.
    Lockwood was cited by city police for disregarding an automatic signal.
    There were no reports of injuries in the mishap. North Adams superintendent Wylie Sirk said this morning there were some students on the bus at the time of the mishap, but he did not have a specific number.
    He said NA officials sent another bus to the scene to take those children home.
    Last week, a South Adams Schools bus was involved in a two-vehicle crash as it was waiting for traffic to clear at the bus entrance to the school. Thirty-nine students were on board the bus in the early-morning mishap and were examined by a school nurse. None required any further medical treatment.

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