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School bus involved in wreck
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Bradley Caten hit Julie Smith’s car from behind Tuesday afternoon, wedging her car underneath a Warren County school bus driven by Jodie Davis. Smith and two students aboard the bus were taken to River Park and treated for minor injuries. - photo by Taylor Moore

One motorist and two students suffered minor injuries in a wreck involving two cars and a Warren County school bus on Tuesday afternoon. 

A little after 4 p.m., school bus driver Jodie Davis of Morrison had just made a stop to drop off students with Julie Smith, 44, of Morrison stopped behind the bus in a 2004 Chevy Impala. Bradley Caten, 19, also of Morrison, was driving a white 2020 Honda Civic behind Smith.

As the bus was about to depart with the bus stop sign no longer deployed, Caten was unable to stop in time and rear-ended Smith, pushing her car into the back of the bus.

The accident happened on Manchester Highway with all three vehicles heading toward McMinnville. The crash occurred across from Randall Walker Farms. 

According to state trooper Wade Myers, Smith and two juveniles on the school bus were transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park to be treated for minor injuries.

Director of Schools Grant Swallows said, “As far as the school system is concerned, all students are OK, with one being transported to the hospital for precaution.” 

Another student was transported shortly after his comments. The students not transported to the hospital boarded another school bus to be driven home safely. 

Caten was cited for failure to exercise due care.