Driver cited in wreck involving city bus

A driver was cited by Seymour police Monday morning after running a red light and hitting a city transit bus, causing it to tip on its side.

Around 7:15 a.m., Robert Skinnari, 63, of Vernon was driving his 2008 Nissan Frontier pickup truck east on U.S. 50 or Tipton Street.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said Skinnari drove through the intersection at Broadway Street when the stoplight was red. A Seymour Transit bus, driven by Wayne Waggoner, 72, of Seymour, was southbound on Broadway Street and had a green light, a witness told police.

Skinnari’s truck struck the bus in front of the right rear tires. That impact tipped the bus over onto the driver’s side.

Abbott said Waggoner complained of some shoulder pain, but he was not taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Edie Otte, the city’s transit director, said Waggoner later wound up going to the hospital.

“I think he’s going to be fine,” Otte said of Waggoner.

Skinnari was cited for disregarding an automatic signal, Abbott said.

No passengers were on the bus at the time. Abbott said it was a brand-new bus.

“To be rolled up on its side, it didn’t look to be too bad,” Abbott said of the damage.

Otte said the bus is one of four new ones in the transit’s fleet, and they also have a backup bus.

“Right now, it will be in the hands of our insurance company. They have already been notified,” Otte said.

She doesn’t expect being down one bus will affect the routes that much.

“We’ll be OK on our services,” she said.

Abbott advises drivers to use more caution, especially while approaching intersections throughout the city.

“There’s a lot of traffic out, lights change and people run them,” he said. “You just have to use caution, and everybody needs to slow down and pay attention to the stoplight and don’t try to beat them.”

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.