A Lincoln County school bus driver was cited for failure to exercise due care and yield the right of way following a collision at the intersection of the Huntsville Highway and Houk Road Monday of last week.
There were no children on the school bus at the time of the accident, which occurred just before 7 a.m.
According to a report filed by State Trooper John Judge, the 2014 Bluebird school bus was driven by Clifford Marshall of Fayetteville. Marshall was attempting to turn onto Houk Road when he turned in front of a 2004 GMC Yukon, driven by Ronald Boozer of Huntsville, Ala.
The two vehicles collided, and as a result, the Yukon struck a utility pole and caught fire. With the windy conditions prevalent at the time, the fire quickly spread to the bus, according to the report. Both vehicles were destroyed by the flames.
The driver of the Yukon was trapped in his burning vehicle until he was pulled free by the state trooper, who happened to be on routine patrol in the area. Both Judge and the school bus driver had attempted to smother the flames using a fire extinguisher.
Boozer was transported to Huntsville Hospital with serious injuries, while Marshall was transported to Lincoln Medical Center for precautionary purposes and to undergo testing. The state trooper did not sustain any injuries as a result of his efforts to free the driver of the Yukon.
School system officials told media that the school bus driver has worked for Lincoln County Schools since 1990 and this was his first accident.