MAGNOLIA, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a school bus crash near Magnolia that sent eight people to the hospital on Monday morning.
Troopers said that at approximately 8:10 a.m., 60-year-old Sharon K. Hunter of Harrington was driving eastbound on Walnut Shade Road near Millchop Lane, when a school bus carrying students from Nellie Stoke Elementary turned into the path of Hunter's 2001 PT Cruiser. Police said Hunter applied her brakes, but hit the left side of the bus, near the rear axle. Investigators said the bus, driven by 72-year-old James T. Bennett of Camden-Wyoming, continued westbound for about 50 feet, dragging the PT Cruiser before coming to a stop.
Hunter and her two grandchildren- a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl- were transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Five out of the 42 children on the bus ranging in age from 6- to 11 years old were also taken to Kent General with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bennett was cited with failure to remain stopped at a stop sign. Walnut Shade Road was closed between Barney Jenkins Road and Peachtree Run for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.