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Students safe after bus strikes wire

A Bellefontaine City Schools bus struck a low-hanging wire Wednesday afternoon, but no students aboard were endangered, authorities report.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department and firefighters of the Bellefontaine Fire Department responded to the intersection of Detroit Street and Chillicothe Avenue about 3:30 p.m. after Bus 1 struck a wire that had been damaged and was hanging near the intersection.

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The approximately 12 students remained on the bus while a crew from Dayton Power & Light Co. responded to the scene, officers report. After investigation, they determined the line was a telephone wire that was damaged when it came in contact with a power line.

The contact between the two wires, however, caused a short power outage at some downtown businesses. Witnesses told officers a green tractor-trailer struck the wire before the bus ran over the cable.

After it was determined the students were not at risk, the bus continued on its route.

Superintendent Beth Harman and Business Manager Bill Badenhop were on the scene and reported that the pupils’ parents were contacted about the incident.

No driver information was included in the reports.

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