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Driver Using Cell Phone Causes Crash With EVSC School Bus

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says a driver who was distracted by their cell phone caused a crash with an EVSC school bus on Friday morning.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 9:47 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 1:59 PM

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office (VCSO), a three-vehicle crash on Diamond Avenue at Resurrection Drive happened early Friday morning due to a driver distracted by their cell phone.

VCSO responded to the crash around 7:30 a.m. on Friday where they found a grey Mercury Grand Marquis, a Buick Envision, and an EVSC school bus wrecked in the roadway.

Witnesses to the crash said that the Grand Marquis was driving on Diamond Ave. when it ran a red light and entering into the intersection.

VCSO says the Grand Marquis struck the Envision, which was traveling southbound through the intersection, and that the Envision then collided with the EVSC bus, which was traveling northbound across the intersection.

A single child was on the school bus at the time of the crash but was not injured, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver of the school bus and the Grand Marquis didn't require medical aid on the scene, but the driver of the Envision was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

VCSO says the driver who ran the red light admitted to using his cell phone at the time of the accident. He was cited for Use of a Telecommunications Device While Operating a Vehicle and Disregarding a Traffic Control Device.

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