Driver arrested after school bus hits utility pole

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A school bus driver was arrested on Monday after allegedly driving off the roadway and striking a guy wire for a utility pole.

(Photo Provided/Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)
(Photo Provided/Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department)

Janet Kay Shaw, 53, of Arcadia, was driving a bus route for the Hamilton Heights School Corporation on Monday at 7:30 a.m.

Officials stated that Shaw drove the bus — which was carrying 21 middle and high school students — off of the roadway at 40 miles per hour, striking a guy wire for a utility pole. Shaw then drove the bus back onto the road and finished the bus route, according to officials.

Students on the bus alerted their parents with their cell phones of the incident, and parents then alerted school personnel.

When students were delivered to the Hamilton Heights Middle School by Shaw, officials were present to remove her from the bus.

Officials stated that students were treated for minor injuries by school medical staff and that none of the students on the bus requested to be sent home.

School officials released the following statement:

Hamilton Heights School Corporation immediately suspended an HHCS employee, bus driver Jan Shaw this morning, and will present a recommendation for her termination of employment at the next HHSC Board School Trustees meeting.

The employee had been a bus driver for HHSC since 2001. As with all bus drivers at HHSC and at districts across Indiana, she was subject to mandatory random drug testing screenings. She had passed all previous drug screenings.

All students who were on the bus successfully completed the school day. As soon as we were aware of the incident, we contacted all parents of students on the bus.
We are thankful that parents contacted HHSC to let us know of the incident, so that the driver could be removed from the route immediately.

As always, the safety and security of our students at Hamilton Heights is our number one priority.

According to officials, Shaw did not report the collision to law enforcement and did not stop at the scene of the crash.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Janet Shaw on an initial 10 misdemeanor and 21 felony charges.

Shaw is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $12,500 bond.

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