A tire that fell off of a pickup truck involved in a wreck Friday afternoon on U.S. 50 in the western part of the county hit a school bus carrying 15 kids.

None of those riding on the Brownstown Central Community School Corp. bus or in the two vehicles involved in the wreck near the Medora junction were hurt, police report.

The incident, reported about 3:40 p.m. Friday, began when the bus being driven west on U.S. 50 by Connie Prairie was slowing for a stop just east of State Road 235, according to county Officer Rick Meyer’s report.

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Meyer said Prairie had activated the yellow light as she slowed down to let other motorists know she was preparing to stop.

Gilbert Carpenter of Freetown, who was driving a 2006 Toyota east on U.S. 50 at the time, said he slowed when he saw the bus stopping.

Kristopher Curry of Medora, who was driving a Chevrolet pickup east, told police he didn’t notice that Carpenter was stopped, and his truck hit Carpenter’s car. The impact caused a tire to come off of Curry’s pickup, and the tire struck the school bus on the side.

Brownstown Central Superintendent Greg Walker came to the scene to check on the schoolchildren and bus driver, Meyer said.

He said U.S. 50 was closed for almost an hour as Curry and Carpenter’s vehicles were removed from the scene.

Meyer said Prairie’s actions to steer away from the wreck kept it from being much worse.

Meyer was assisted by Medora Officer Bill Drees, Brownstown Chief Tom Hanner and Brownstown School Resource Officer Tom Wright.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.