Lawton_Lawton Public Schools (LPS) is down a school bus after its driver failed to stop and started a chain-reaction crash that damaged three vehicles.
Lawton Police say that late Wednesday morning the bus - with only the driver on board - was eastbound on Cache Road and 44th Street when the accident occurred. Jerry Bauman's employee was driving the SUV that the bus hit, and that driver was the only person injured in the four-vehicle accident. "The school bus back ended our car and our car was pushed into the car in front, so we got sandwiched," said Bauman. His employee was taken to a local hospital for neck pain.
Another driver, Martin Myhre, says he saw the bus approaching in his rearview mirror and braced himself. "It hit the car behind me, so it was a chain reaction all the way through," he said.
Police say the three vehicles were stopped behind a Lawton Area Transit Service (LATS) bus as it loaded passengers, and the driver of the school bus wasn't aware that the LATS bus was stopped, and plowed into the cars. Authorities say this sort of accident is not uncommon. They say that one or two people rear-end LATS buses per week.
The driver of the school bus was cited for negligent driving.
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