A Fort Wayne Community Schools bus was towed from a crash Wednesday morning, marking the second time in as many days that a district vehicle was struck.

The one student on board was uninjured, and the two drivers suffered minor injuries, a Fort Wayne Police Department news release said.

Preliminary details indicated the bus had its yellow flashing lights on in the 5800 block of Lois Lane, east of Getz Road south of Illinois Road, when a car tried to go around the bus and crashed into it about 8:50 a.m., police said.

The news release indicated both vehicles were towed.

Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman, said the crashes are a reminder that drivers must be aware when they are behind the wheel.

“When a school bus is in the area, motorists should be alert to any flashing lights,” she said in a statement. “If the lights are flashing yellow, drivers should slow down and prepare to stop when the lights turn red and the stop arm is out. Vehicles should stay put until the stop arm is turned off and students are safely away from the vehicles.”

FWCS and the three other Allen County school districts launched a public safety campaign three years ago to publicize that message. The “Slow. Stop. Stay.” campaign targeted the widespread problem of drivers illegally passing school buses.

Different factors contributed to Tuesday’s crash, which happened about 8 a.m. in northwest Fort Wayne. Indiana State Police said a car crashed into the rear of another car, which hit the rear of a FWCS bus. The rising sun created a strong glare for eastbound drivers, police said, and a dirty windshield further hindered the driver’s ability to see.

“Mother Nature alone can be a real distraction for those early morning commutes, and so it is imperative that drivers keep all windows in their vehicle, especially the windshield, clean and clear of all obstructions,” state police said.

None of the seven students in Tuesday’s crash was injured, although an aide was taken to the hospital with complaint of pain and the bus driver was taken for medical clearance, police said.

Last week, a Southwest Allen County Schools bus was involved in a collision at Homestead and Aboite Center roads. Five students complained of pain but were not taken to the hospital.


Reporter Ashley Sloboda has covered education for The Journal Gazette since 2016. A Fort Wayne native, she has 15 years of experience at newspapers in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.