WFISD School Bus Involved in Accident

WFISD School Bus Involved in Accident

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Wichita Falls Police responded after reports of an accident Wednesday morning involving a school bus in a yard.

The school bus side swiped a parked car just before 7 a.m. and ended up in a yard at 3113 Sherwood Lane, according to the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Thirteen students were on the bus at the time but, no injuries have been reported.

However, the accident is raising concerns of narrow roads throughout the city of Wichita Falls. The wreck was an accident waiting to happen, according to one resident that lives on that street. The roads are too narrow and cars are constantly lining the street because driveways are too small.

"When two large trucks park on both sides of the street it's very difficult to get through especially if you have another big vehicle," said Wichita Falls resident Susan Kuchenski.

Kuchenski has lived on Sherwood Lane for nine years. She said driving down the road is a constant struggle and even backing up out of her driveway is a daunting task.

"Yeah, it's a little frustrating," said Kuchenski. "You want to go really slow because you want to make sure you are going to clear both vehicles, you know, so you don't damage their vehicles or yours."

The current city ordinance says in order for cars to park on both sides of the road the street has to be more than 26 feet wide. Sherwood Lane is just below 25 feet.

However, in order to get signs labeled "no parking" on the street city officials said they need residents to ask for them, or first responders to announce a problem.

That has not been the case on Sherwood Lane, according to Mark Beauchamp, the Wichita Falls Traffic Superintendent.

They've received no complaints, and until now, it has not contributed to any problems.

Along with the narrow roads, residents are also burdened with narrow driveways. Many residents said there is no other choice, but to park in the road.

"I would be OK with it if they stopped parking on at least one side of the road so that vehicles can get through," said Kuchenski. "It's very difficult when they are parking on both sides, for any vehicle to get through."

Although the streets were small enough to warrant a "no parking sign" by the city, Durham School Services said it takes full responsibility for this accident.

Officials said although they've used this route for the past three years, they are altering it immediately. The driver will also undergo a refresher training course.

"We have modified the route so that our drivers do not have to navigate through the narrow road where the incident occurred," said Molly Hart, Public Relations Manager for Durham school Services.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6