Lynn - On the morning of November 19, 2020, at approximately 7:40 am, troopers with the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post along with deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle personal injury crash involving a school bus on U.S. 36 at County Road 100 East near Lynn, Indiana. Master Trooper Kyle West arrived on scene just moments after the crash occurred.
The preliminary investigation by Master Trooper West indicated that a 2015 Thomas School Bus, owned by the Randolph Southern School Corporation, being driven by Joni M. Landers, age 58, of Lynn, was traveling southbound approaching U.S. 36 on County Road 100 East. A 2009 Chevrolet Impala, being driven by Heather R. O’Dell, age 41, of Modoc, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 36.
After stopping at U.S. 36, Ms. Landers bus attempted to cross the highway when she pulled out in front of Ms. O’Dell’s approaching vehicle. Ms. O’Dell was unable to stop and struck the right side of the bus in the area of the front staircase doors. After the collision, the bus was able to clear the intersection and stopped on C.R. 100 East south of U.S. 36. Ms. O’Dell’s vehicle came to a rest in the eastbound lane. The Randolph Southern School Corporation bus had 10 students onboard at the time of the crash.
Ms. O’Dell was transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Ms. Landers was not injured in the crash, and neither were any of the 10 students onboard. The parents/guardians of the affected students were notified of the situation by the school corporation.
The investigation is ongoing.
Master Trooper West was assisted by Sergeant Dave Whitinger, Master Trooper Paul Harrison the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County EMS, the Lynn Police Department, the Lynn Fire Department, Winchester Fire and EMS, and the Randolph Southern School Corporation.