Driver of vehicle involved in bus crash listed as critical

Staff Writer

Additional information has been released by Decatur police regarding a crash between a Northern Wells Community Schools bus and personal vehicle that occurred at 9:05 a.m. Monday.

According to the police report, six witnesses at the scene reported the personal vehicle’s driver, Dewayne Steiner, 93, Decatur, failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of 13th Street and Nuttman Avenue, colliding with the school bus. After the collision, Steiner’s vehicle came to rest facing westward in the westbound lane of Nuttman Avenue, with severe front-end damage. 

Steiner was not wearing a safety belt and was thrown onto the passenger side floorboard. Head trauma and fractured vertebrae were suspected, leading EMS personnel to transport Steiner directly to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Officers noted no major injuries upon entry of the school bus, although a pregnant student was escorted to EMS personnel as a precaution. 

A second school bus was dispatched to transport the occupants of the damaged bus to Adams Memorial Hospital for a more thorough medical inspection. A total of 15 occupants received treatment, and blood was drawn from both drivers involved in the incident, as is required in accidents involving school buses. 

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Damages are estimated at $10,000-$25,000.

Steiner is listed in critical condition and under ventilator support, with multiple fractured vertebrae and hemorrhages in his brain, along with external lacerations and contusions, according to the report.