Wheatfield, NY - On Wednesday May 10, 2017, at approximately 1100 hours, Niagara County Communications received several 911 calls reporting an injury accident on Nash Road in the Town of Wheatfield involving a school bus and another vehicle. Patrol units responded and found the bus on the west shoulder, and the other vehicle in a driveway on Nash Road. The investigation reveals that a northbound vehicle slowly started to drift into the southbound lane, sideswiping the school bus. The vehicle, driven by Donald McGuire Jr, 36, from Ransomville, continued northbound striking a Verizon pole and then coming to rest in a driveway just north of the pole and against a fence. McGuire was transported by ambulance to Mount St Mary's Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. Five students on the bus were also injured, with two being transported by ambulance to DeGraff Hospital for treatment, and three being transported by private vehicle. The driver of the bus, John Rusac, 55, from Tonawanda, as well as the remaining 20 students, were uninjured.
The school bus had students from the North Tonawanda School District onboard and were en route back to the North Tonawanda High School from Orleans/Niagara BOCES.
McGuire was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and several Vehicle and Traffic violations. He is due in Town of Wheatfield court on June 14 at 1330 hrs, with other charges pending.