Boy Covered in Broken Glass After School Bus Accident

Ten windows on a school bus were damaged by the bucket on a farm tractor.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
A boy narrowly escaped injury by ducking when forks attached to the bucket of a farm tractor smashed through windows of a school bus on April 24, according to the student's mother.

The accident happened at about 4 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Kromer Road near Route 308 in Bushkill Township when David Lilly pulled out of his private road while driving a tractor, according to a WFMZ report.

The boy's mother, Tricia Fasching, told Patch: "The spike went into the bus exactly where his head was, but thankfully he ducked as low as he could get when the he heard the brakes and saw the equipment starting to smash into the side of the bus.  He was covered in glass. It was in his shoes, underwear, backpack etc and he had to shower when he got home since he had glass on his scalp."

One other student was on the bus.

Lilly did not see the bus until it was too late, WFMZ reported, and ten windows on the bus were damaged. Lilly and the bus driver were not injured and neither person showed signs of impairment, according to WFMZ.
Tricia May 06, 2014 at 09:04 AM
As the mother of the boy in the accident I wanted to say thank to Nazareth Patch for posting this so other people in Nazareth are aware it occurred. I ask that residents of Nazareth drive by this property on 248 Kromer Road. Not only is the property extremely unkept and I am being very nice it is filled with dangerous equipment. The man driving the equipment I have been informed is be most likely mentally handicapped. Although this is extremely unfortunate, this is an incredible safety hazard. If he didn't see or hear a 40 foot bus, what is to to say he will see a car, bicycle or pedestrian. He can cross or drive anywhere on a large piece of this public road. I encourage you to make a complaint to Bushkill police to try to do something to prevent a reoccurrence. Also, please fill out a zoning complaint regarding the property, which you can get at the zoning office. The other student on the bus did fracture her wrist. We are all so lucky the bus was not full of students and that the bus driver reacted so fast by slamming on the breaks and swerving into the other lane to try to avoid the equipment. I am so thankful my son was not hurt or killed and want to do anything to prevent anyone else from getting hurt.
Tricia May 07, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Here is the WFMZ link. http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/school-bus-and-tractor-involved-in-crash/25729194 There was an attachment on the bucket loader, which is has approximately 2-3 foot spikes for picking up hay. That's what smashed into the bus windows. Could have decapitated him.


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