A school bus windshield was broken when ice fell from another vehicle and hit it Jan. 21 in Shelby Township, according to Utica Community Schools officials.

A school bus windshield was broken when ice fell from another vehicle and hit it Jan. 21 in Shelby Township, according to Utica Community Schools officials.

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Flying ice hits UCS bus, injuring driver and student

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published January 24, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Community Schools officials are praising a bus driver, as well as Malow Junior High students and staff, after a flying chunk of ice smashed their bus windshield Jan. 21.

According to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy, the incident happened after school. A bus containing 31 Malow students, grades seven through nine, was reportedly traveling eastbound along 25 Mile Road, near Jewell Road, in Shelby Township as a semi truck was traveling the opposite direction.

A sheet of ice reportedly flew from the truck and struck the bus’s windshield, injuring the driver. Nevertheless, the bus driver successfully pulled the vehicle over to safety, McAvoy said.

“I think, overall, this is the reflection on the type of people that we have at Utica Schools,” McAvoy said. “The driver, you can imagine the position she was in. Her first priority was the safety of the students. She was able to pull over.”

McAvoy said students took the initiative in calling 911 and getting emergency assistance to arrive. Malow Principal Brandon Manzella and a transportation supervisor arrived “within minutes,” along with first responders, McAvoy added.

“We had a bus about a mile away. It came and got the kids,” McAvoy explained. “The office staff called the parents of the students on the bus.”

McAvoy said the bus driver suffered cuts and was taken to a hospital and released, and a student was also hospitalized and released. He said the incident reinforces the importance of clearing off vehicles of snow and ice before heading out on the road.

“You don’t want to endanger another driver, and the fact that this happened to a bus that had students in it sends an important message,” he said.

According to Shelby Township Capt. Jason Schmittler, his department has no information to further the investigation into what happened. Schmittler said a driver is responsible, and the owner is liable, for anything that falls off a vehicle, including snow and ice.

Learn more about Utica Community Schools by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000.

Staff Writer Kara Szymanski contributed to this report.

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