Pa. school bus, truck collide, one seriously injured

HADLEY, Pa. (WYTV) – A pickup truck and a school bus collided late Monday afternoon in Mercer County.

It happened off Route 19, just north of Commodore Perry High School. The school bus was dropping off elementary students when a pickup truck rear-ended it around 3 p.m., police said.

Multiple fire and emergency crews had to lift the back of the bus off the front of the truck. The driver of the truck, a 16-year-old boy from Hadley, was trapped and seriously injured and was rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center. He was wearing his seat belt, according to the Mercer post of the Pennsylvania State Police.

“Probably the worst or the hardest extrication I have ever encountered in 15 years being in the fire department. Cold conditions, everything freezing up made it even harder,” Sheakleyville Fire Department safety officer Bob Kitchen said.

No students were injured. The bus driver, Thomas Peters, 75, of Cochranton, Pa., also was not injured. He was wearing his seat belt, the PSP said.

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