SC school bus driver avoids squirrels, crashes into house, report says

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A group of high school students went on “a little different school bus ride,” the Spartanburg Fire Department said.

As the six Spartanburg High School students were on their way to classes Friday morning, their bus driver swerved off the road, smacking the bus into a tree as it ran through a yard and bumped into a house, according to the fire department.

The bus driver told police she tried to avoid hitting two squirrels that ran into the road, Fox Carolina reported.

“Unfortunately she over corrected and lost control of the bus,” an officer told Fox Carolina.

Police cited the driver with failure to exercise due care.

Spartanburg EMS and school district officials came to the scene.

No one was injured and only minor damage was done to the house, the fire department said. Photos show that the bus’ front ran into the house and smashed a shutter. The bus suffered a broken window and dent to its top.

Minor damage was also done to the squirrel’s house, the tree. The squirrels were not reported as having emotional or physical injuries.

The State also reported on a bus crashing into a home in Sumter County the same day.

A woman caught a thieving squirrel red-handed as it repeatedly stole treats in a basket intended for delivery workers. Michele Boudreaux says she puts treats in a basket outside her New Jersey home for delivery workers each year during the holiday

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.