Minor Injuries When Minivan Collides With Empty School Bus (POLICE BLOTTER)

IRELAND (NNDC) – An Otwell woman suffered minor injuries when the minivan she was driving along Indiana 56 on Ireland’s westside struck an on-coming school bus Monday afternoon.

The bus was empty.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says 63-year old Sherry Malone of Winslow was westbound on Indiana 56 when the minivan she was driving had what is being described by DCSD as “a suspected tire failure.”

DCSD says Malone lost control of the van, which then went left of center and struck the eastbound school bus.

The bus’ driver, David Fuhrman of rural Otwell, says he saw the minivan crossing the center line but he could not avoid the collision. DCSD says the minivan struck the entire left side of the bus.

Malone suffered facial lacerations but she declined to be transported to the hospital by ambulance.

DCSD says she was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment by private vehicle.

Fuhrman was not injured in the accident which happened at about 3pm Monday.

Damage to the bus is an estimated $20,000. Malone’s minivan was a total loss.


ST. ANTHONY (NNDC) – No one was hurt when a car struck a deer along Indiana 64 west of St. Anthony early this morning.

DCSD says the car was driven by 19-year old Kristen Taylor of Jasper. Taylor told DCSD deputies the deer entered the highway and her car struck it about a mile west of St. Anthony. DCSD says the deer struck the car’s front and windshield pushing the windshield in slightly.

Damage estimate to the car was $2500. It was towed from the scene. Taylor and two passengers in the car with her were not hurt in the accident that happened at about 5:25 Tuesday morning.


JASPER (NNDC) – A tip from the public to police about an erratic driver along Newton Street led to the arrest last Saturday night of a Petersburg man.

Arrested was 27-year old James Richard Jones III. JPD stopped Jones’ pickup truck shortly before midnight Saturday night in the 1600 block of Newton Street.

JPD says Jones’ blood alcohol content tested .25%; more than three times the legal limit in Indiana. He was taken into custody on misdemeanor count of Driving While Intoxicated.

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