CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Indiana State Troopers said the school bus driver involved in a Dearborn County crash earlier this month was driving too fast for the weather conditions on the morning of the crash, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Troopers said they believe that Raymond Nies was traveling too fast at the time of the crash given the “obvious blinding glare from the sun.” The crash between the school bus and a Rumpke trash truck injured 25 people, including a number of high school and middle school students. No one has been cited in the crash yet.
Troopers said the investigation will be turned over to the prosecutor’s office sometime at the beginning of April to determine what, if any, charges or citations will be filed.
On March 6, the school bus struck the Rumpke residential truck in Aurora, Indiana, between Moores Hill and Aurora on Indiana 350 shortly before 8 a.m.
According to a crash report from Indiana State Police, Brian Rumpke, 38, the driver of the Rumpke truck was parked on the edge of the eastbound lane while picking up trash from a residence. Raymond Nies, 64, was traveling eastbound on State Road 350, approaching the Mack truck.
According to the crash report, Nies told troopers that he could not see the stopped trash truck in the road due to the rising sun, “which blinded him.” Niles said he started to go around the trash truck, but realized there was another car coming toward him and swerved back into his lane.
Rumpke was in the process of opening the driver's door on the trash truck as the crash happened. He suffered cuts and bruises from flying debris, according to the company.
One child, who was pinned between seats suffered two broken legs, said the bus driver apologized as he was helping him get free and said he couldn't see the truck because of the sun.