1 hurt in school bus wreck

One student was hospitalized Thursday after the school bus he was riding in was involved in a wreck on U.S. 50 at Curry Road in the far western part of the county.

Jackson County Officer Rob Henley said the child was the only one of 21 children riding on the Brownstown Central bus to complain of pain.

“He said he hit his head on the glass,” Henley said. “Because his mother was not at home, we had to send him to the hospital.”

The child was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Another bus was sent to the scene to take the remaining children home, Henley said.

Neither the bus driver, Connie Sue Prairie, 52, of Heltonville, nor the other driver involved in the wreck, Larry Pate, 69, of Vallonia, requested to be taken to the hospital, Henley said.

Pate was traveling east on U.S. 50 at the top of the Medora Knobs when his Ford pickup crossed the center line and hit the bus nearly head-on, Henley said.

“He said he must have fallen asleep,” Henley said of Pate.

Prairie was driving west and told police she saw Pate’s vehicle and got over, but it wasn’t enough for Pate to miss it.

Pate’s airbag deployed, and he received several small cuts from broken windows from the wreck, reported at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Henley said weather was not a factor in the wreck.