No Children Injured In Early Morning Accident Involving School Bus

GERRY – No children were injured after the school bus they were in was struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning in the town of Gerry.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, seven children were on the Cassadaga Valley School bus around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Route 60 and Wilson Road when the accident occurred.

Deputies said a vehicle, operated by Allen L. Thomas, 29, of Fredonia, was stopped behind the bus when another vehicle, operated by Danna L. Neureuther, 19, of Orchard Park, struck Thomas’s vehicle from behind.

According to a police report, the collision caused Thomas’ vehicle to strike the bus, operated by Scott A. McKinney, 59, of Gerry.

Thomas complained of shoulder pain and was treated at the scene by Gerry firefighters. Both vehicles sustained significant damage, sheriff’s deputies said. The bus received minor damage.

Neureuther allegedly told deputies she was not paying attention and did not see the stopped car in front of her or the bus.

Students on the bus were checked by school personnel, including a school nurse, Cassadaga Valley School Superintendent Scott Smith said.

“Everyone performed their respective duties very well,” Smith said said later Tuesday afternoon. “At the time of the accident, students did not report any injuries. I have not heard of any injuries as of right now.”

Smith said students were bused to Sinclairville Elementary School where their parents picked them up.

Neureuther was charged for following too closely. Additional charges are pending.