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Police report places driver at fault in JCPS bus crash

The driver of a First Student bus carrying 42 Jefferson City Public Schools students told police that a “slick spot” was to blame, after his bus slid into another one Friday.

According to the JCPD report from the scene, the bus that was hit was carrying 16 students.

The report said the contributing factor of the crash was that Stephan Wartnaby was driving too fast for the conditions.

While neither bus was crippled by the crash, all of the student passengers were transferred to other buses and were transported from the scene.

The report listed one driver going too fast for the slick conditions as a probable contributing factor to the crash.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

After the incident, parents questioned the district’s timing on the three-hour early release amid the intence snowfall.

“Student safety is always a top priority, and we felt on Friday that we were making the best decision to opt for a three-hour early release in order to get students on the road before the worst of the weather hit,” JCPS spokeswoman Ryan Burns said. “Unfortunately, the roads deteriorated very quickly and our bus drivers were doing their best to navigate slowly and cautiously in order to keep students safe, which did cause a number of bus delays.”

The police report’s narrative of the crash can be read below:

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