School bus collides with van in Westmoreland County; Injuries reported



SCOTTDALE, Pa. - A school bus and van collided in Westmoreland County Thursday morning.

The accident happened near the intersection of Water Street and Pennsylvania Avenue just outside of Scottdale Borough.

Kindergarten student Justin Rival suffered a bump on his head.

“The school district called me to notify me that there was a nurse on the scene to check the kids out,” said Trina Rival, Justin’s mom.

Parents rushed to the Southmoreland School District’s campus, thinking about what might have happened.

“I was afraid.  Their safety is my primary concern,” said Rival.

The superintendent of the Southmoreland School District told Channel 11 reporter Joe Holden that three of the students on the bus were from the elementary school.  Two others were from a Catholic school.

“There was a vehicle that had stopped in front on the bus, and the bus driver was afraid there was going to be a collision, so he traveled into on-coming lanes,” said Tropper Steve Limani.

Investigators said the passengers of the van were not seriously hurt.

Parents were relieved their children were OK.

“He was very happy to see me and his older brother,” said Trina Rival.