Additional details about Lewis Central bus accident released


May 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a school bus rollover accident Thursday afternoon, near the Pott/Mills County line. Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator, Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN news this (Friday) morning, the accident happened at around 3:20p.m. on Applewood Road.

A Lewis Central Community School District bus driven by 73-year old Floyd Claussen, of Council Bluffs, was traveling southbound on the gravel road, when he met an approaching car. When he pulled the bus over toward the edge of the road, Riche says either the tandem wheels slid off into the ditch, or the road gave way, which caused the bus to topple onto its side, into a ditch.

Claussen, and three students on-board the bus, all of whom are also from Council Bluffs, where transported to area hospitals. Claussen, and 11-year old Gage Lewis were taken by Lewis Township Fire and Rescue to Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. 14-year old Logan Harman, and 12-year old Paige Hickey were transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. A report on their conditions is not available, but their injuries reportedly including scrapes and bruises, and were not considered to be life threatening.

The accident remains under investigation.