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Driver, student survive school bus rollover in Dodge County

Tom Murray

Driver, student survive school bus rollover in Dodge County

CREATED Apr. 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 23, 2012

RUBICON - A school bus rolled off a rural Dodge County road Monday morning and tumbled down an embankment.  The driver and a 13-year-old girl on board escaped with only minor injuries.
"I'm a good driver and it's just weird how that happened," driver Edith Christianson, 57, told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray at her Hartford home.  "I was just too close over to the side I guess."
Christianson claims she took her eyes off the road for just a moment to open a window.
"The bus just hit the little curb of the road right there and it must have hit mud.  I couldn't even steer it back on the road," she explained.
Moments after the bus careened off Pond Road, another driver called 911.
"It would appear like there's just one child and the driver," the caller told a dispatcher.  "They look like they're OK."
Trooper AJ Llanas investigated the crash.
"She left the road just briefly and it ended up quite severe," Llanas said.  "Due to the steep embankment, the bus rolled about three quarters of a roll down the hill."
The state patrol may issue a citation for inattentive driving once their investigation is complete.
The bus crashed after its first stop on the way to Saylesville School in Rubicon.  District administrator Daniel Hanrahan said he is confident in the driver's abilities and considers Monday's crash an accident.
Hanrahan said the injured student was recovering at home Monday afternoon.
Wittenberger Bus Company owns the school bus.  The company's owner said the driver "did everything right" and will put her back behind the wheel as soon as she feels ready to return to work.