An inspection of the Conway School District bus involved in an accident Aug. 21, completed by the Arkansas Department of Education, found no major deficiencies.
The inspection form shows only one minor deficiency detected, which states there was no unlawful entry sticker. The inspection was completed by John Schooley.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on South Donaghey Avenue when the bus, northbound, drove off the roadway and struck a driveway culvert. The accident occurred just south of Ellen Smith Elementary School.
Police said 54 children were onboard at the time of the accident, and minor injuries were reported, although no one was transported to the hospital.
According to the Conway Police Department accident report, the bus driver told officers she began “pumping the brakes” as she approached the intersection of Stanley Russ Road when she observed a car stopped at the bottom of the hill, attempting to turn left onto Morning Glory Lane.
The driver said she continued to apply the brakes, but noticed she would not be able stop in time. The driver told police she could have either hit the car or tried to go through the ditch, which she attempted to do.
The bus came to rest in the ditch, just north of 1680 S. Donaghey Ave.
The inspection form states the brakes showed to be properly functioning.
Damage to the bus was estimated at $7,500. No citations were issued as result of the accident.
Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said the Conway police investigation into the accident had not shown any improper actions by the driver.
Conway School District assistant superintendent Carroll Bishop said the bus driver was immediately placed on leave, pending the results of a drug test, which the assistant superintendent said is standard procedure following an accident.
The driver has since been allowed to return to her route, Bishop said.
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