A Fox C-6 school bus driver was hurt Monday afternoon (Aug. 26) when a 27-year-old Barnhart man allegedly ran a red light at Hwy. 141 and 13th Street in unincorporated Fenton, and the car he was driving struck the bus. The driver of the car also was hurt, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.
No students were on the bus at the time, said JP Prezzavento, the district’s communications and instructional technology coordinator.
The accident happened at 2:34 p.m., when Vickie D. Schenewerk, 61, of Arnold, driving a 2013 GMC Savannah school bus, was stopped at the intersection and, after a red light turned green for the bus, began to turn left from westbound 13th Street onto southbound Hwy. 141. At the same time, the Barnhart man, driving a 1992 BMW 318 north on Hwy. 141, traveled through a red light, and the passenger side of the car struck the front of the bus, the patrol reported.
The school bus was one of the Fox district’s smaller ones primarily used to transport special needs students, said John Byrne, director of transportation for the district.
He said Schenewerk had completed her first afternoon route from Fox High School and was traveling to Meramec Heights Elementary School to pick up students for her next route when the accident occurred.
Both drivers were moderately injured and were transported by Rock Township Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.
Schenewerk, who has been a bus driver for Fox for 27 years, is unable to drive for the next few days, Byrne said.
Schenewerk was wearing a seat belt, and the Barnhart man was not, the patrol reported.
The bus was moderately damaged, and the BMW was totaled, and the according to the report.