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South Central bus driver cited in crash

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

A South Central Local Schools bus driver was charged with failure to yield Tuesday after a minor traffic crash on the way to a school sporting event.

Tracy Shepherd, a 15-year employee of the school, was charged after the accident at Ohio 13 and 603 in Shenandoah, which is located in Richland County.

Shepherd was driving a bus filled with the junior high girls' basketball team which was on its way to Crestview for a game.

"It was a very minor accident," South Central Superintendent David Brand said.

"Obviously, the safety of everybody, both in and out of school, is the top priority," he added.

"There was very minor damage to the bus and no one was injured," Brand said.

Brand said the bus could have continued onward to Crestview, but per school policy, a second bus responded to the scene and transported the students to Crestview, after all students were checked to make sure they were OK by "proper authorities."

The students did not miss the game.

Brand had high praise for Shepherd.

"She's a great driver and one of our very safest drivers," he said. "She's been driving for us for quite a long time and has an outstanding history. She is, by far, one of our best employees and very good at what she does."

Shepherd also drives a normal bus route for the school.

"Her record is impeccable and she is a model employee," Brand said.

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