Pickup truck collides with school bus in Adams County

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Investigators say alcohol may have played a role in a crash involving a pickup truck and a school bus carrying elementary students in Adams County on Friday afternoon. It happened around 3:50 p.m. at the intersection of Route 30 and Buchanan Valley Road in Franklin Township. State police say Charles G. Deardorff, 63, of Orrtanna, was stopped at a stop sign along Newman Road when he pulled out in front of a west bound school bus carrying 22 elementary students from the Gettysburg School District.  The school bus struck the rear passenger-side corner of Deardorff’s pickup truck. Instead of stopping–Deardorff continued driving away from the crash scene, according to state police reports.

No one was injured in the crash.

Troopers located Deardorff along the 1300 block of Old Harrisburg Road. He told investigators he was trying to find the state police barracks to report the crash but didn’t know where the building was.

Deardorff was taking to Adams County Prison.


  • HowIgnorantRU?

    All the video games, dart boards and the jukeboxes in bars yet they can't put a breathalyzer machine in so people can tell if that "just one more" is "one too many". Stoopid people. How many times can they ignore that driving under the influence kills?

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