A UCHRA driver was transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park for minor injuries after being rear-ended Friday morning in the company vehicle.
Warren County native Lucretia Martin, 48, was driving the UCHRA bus heading west on Bobby Ray Memorial Pkwy near the Sheriff’s Department at the railroad tracks. Patrol Officer Justin Colwell said, “The vehicle was coming to a stop at the railroad crossing.”
A maroon Kia Sedona, driven by Anthony Wagner, 51, was also heading west on the bypass. Wagner was behind the UCHRA van when it struck the back of the vehicle, pushing it past the railroad tracks. According to Colwell, the driver of the Sedona said that he looked away for a split second, and when he looked back there was the UCHRA bus and there was no way to avoid the collision.
There were no passengers aboard the bus at the time of the accident, but driver Martin was transported to hospital for a reported “pain in the arm.” The air bags deployed in the Sedona and, according to Colwell, Wagner probably applied the brakes before the impact saying, “I didn’t observe anything to suggest he did not brake.” No citations have been issued to Wagner for the wreck.
The wreck happened late Friday morning around 11 a.m.