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Students safe after PHM bus slides off road in Mishawaka


All students are safe after a PHM bus slid off the road at Kern Rd. & Fir Rd. in Mishawaka this morning.

After 8:00am, Bus No. 122 headed to Penn High School slid off the road into a ditch amid Wednesday morning's snowy and windy conditions. All nine students aboard were safely evacuated and transferred to a new bus.

PHM's Communications Director Teresa Carroll released an official statement about why the school remained open despite winter advisory warnings:

"The decision to hold school today was totally unrelated to ISTEP. We have plenty of days available to administer the test so missing one day would not be a problem.

We begin checking roads and weather conditions around 4:00am and the heavy snow did not start until later when our buses were underway. We subscribe to a weather service as well as watch local weather news and the prediction was for the heaviest snow to begin in mid-morning which is why we did not delay. The storm was predicted to end around noon which is why we did not cancel. The radar early in the morning showed heavier bands of snow in Elkhart County and south which is why those districts delayed or canceled. The two other large districts in St. Joseph County did not delay or cancel."

PHM also released a statement about Bus No. 122:
"This morning a P-H-M bus with nine Penn High School students aboard slid off the road near the corner of Fir and Kern. Students were safely evacuated and another bus picked them up and took them to Penn High School where they were met by a dean. Students called their parents and were examined by school nurse Sally Dikos. Students attended classes that afternoon." 
FOX28 spoke to student Samuel Backos, a junior at PHM. He says the power went out several times during the lunch hour, and he heard other buildings on campus had their power out as well.
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