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Minor injuries after school bus crash in Lysander

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Minor injuries after school bus crash in Lysander
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Students in the Baldwinsville School district and their driver are recovering after a school bus accident. They all were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A portion of Patchett Road in Lysander was closed while troopers investigated. Iris St. Meran talked to neighbors who say this was just one of many accidents that have happened on the road this year.

LYSANDER, N.Y. -- It was an ending to the school day no one could have predicted. This Baldwinsville school bus was traveling on Patchett Road, when troopers say driver Star Landers drifted onto the shoulder. Investigators say the 64-year-old over-corrected, crossed to the other side and drove off the road.

The bus rolled once, facing the opposite direction and ended up on its wheels. Five high school students were inside.

"They were pretty lucky, considering it went through a pole and rolled. The bus stayed intact pretty well. When we got here, we had a few students on the bus that we had to extricate out and put them through triage," said Chris Evans, Belgium Cold Springs Fire Chief.

Everyone was taken to the hospital. Landers and three students had minor cuts and bruises. The other two had concussions with one requiring surgery for a cut under the eye.

Neighbors say they're not surprised about this accident because they happen quite frequently. One of their biggest concerns is this road doesn't have a shoulder and there's quite a drop.

"It's just that the shoulders have to be taken care of on this road or someone is going to get killed one of these days and they should try to do something, I don't know," said Leo McArdell, a neighbor who’s lived on this street nearly 70 years.

"Actually, I don't think it's very safe. There's too much of a drop over there. They need to have some guard rails or something up to warn people there is a drop. There is no sign that says eight foot drop or anything," said Lorie McArdell.

Her home is right next to the field where the bus ended up. She lost power, cable and her mail box. It's a minor inconvenience and figuring out what to do next is not so bad,

"Well we're going to wait for our power. Maybe my husband will take me out for dinner tonight," said Lorie McArdell.

That’s because she knows everyone on the bus will be okay.

Baldwinsville school officials notified the families of the victims about the crash.

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