DAMAGED — The wrecked school bus from Grizzly Flat Road is pulled behind a tow truck on Missouri Flat Road later in the morning. The damage shows how the bus driver swerved to avoid a head-on crash. Students exited through the emergency door because the front door was crunched in. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


School bus hit head-on, five suffer minor injuries

By From page A1 | August 15, 2014

A collision involving a school bus bound for Union Mine High School resulted in minor injuries and an arrest on Thursday.

The CHP responded to Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. on a report of a collision involving a school bus, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Two passenger vehicles were involved.

The bus had been traveling westbound towards town, Cuthbertson said, when Steven Gruber, 24, who was heading eastbound, drove into the oncoming lane. The bus driver, Jennifer Shields, “recognized what was going on,” Cuthbertson said. She turned the bus hard to the left, causing the right front sides of both vehicles to hit in attempt to avoid a head-on collision.

Shields “did a great job as a bus driver,” Cuthbertson said, calling her quick-thinking and action “remarkable,” likely saving lives.

There were five injuries, all minor, reported, but two were transported to Marshall Hospital. According to a press release from the El Dorado Union High School Disrict, three students and the bus driver were transported to the hospital, but no serious injuries were reported. The bus “followed all safety policies and procedures,” the press release noted. Gruber, Cuthbertson added, was injured, but the extent was unknown.

El Dorado Union High School District Superintendent Christopher Hoffman added that he was “relieved everybody is safe. The training of our drivers came through.” He was also glad that “all the systems were in place to take care of the kids and their family and the driver.”

Gruber was arrested on-scene on suspicion of DUI.

Cole Mayer

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.