CV bus driver suspended while police probe fatal crash

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Cumberland Valley school bus driver will not be allowed behind the wheel while police investigate why he failed to stop at a stop sign before crashing into a passenger car on Tuesday, killing a 20-year-old Utah missionary.

David Schrantz, vice president of Rohrer Bus Service, said the driver has been suspended pending completion of the investigation.

The bus driver, 68-year-old Edmund Clapper, was driving on South Locust Point Road when he crashed into the passenger side of a Chevrolet Cruze at the West Trindle Road intersection in Monroe Township, according to a state police report.

The report does not indicate why Clapper failed to stop. The ongoing police investigation could take months.

Sadie Wells (Photo submitted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Sadie Wells (Photo submitted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

A passenger in the Chevrolet, Sadie D. Wells of Kaysville, Utah, was killed. Wells had been serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission since May 2015, according to a statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Three other sister missionaries were in the Chevrolet and are receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries, the church said.

Thirty-two students from Cumberland Valley High School and Eagle View Middle School were on the bus. Two received minor injuries.

Cumberland Valley buses are equipped with video cameras directed inside and outside the vehicles, as well as a GPS system that shows where a bus is and how fast it’s going.

Schrantz declined to answer questions about the cameras or conditions on Clapper’s bus. He said because of the ongoing investigation, the company does not want to speculate about what may or may not have happened.

“We are deeply saddened for the loss of life and injury and offer our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragedy. Out of respect for the families of all those involved, we believe the focus should be on them during this difficult time,” he said in a statement.

Schrantz says Rohrer Bus has pledged its assistance in working with authorities to understand what occurred. He added the company is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials to aid their investigation.

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