Glenwood school bus driver was still being treated for injuries Monday, five days after the bus he was driving collided with a semi-tractor trailer truck on U.S. Highway 34 southeast of Glenwood at the intersection with Kidd Road.
Clarence R. Seale III, 51,was listed in critical but stable condition according to a public report from the Iowa State Patrol.
The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. after Seale had dropped off his last student passenger.
Seale was driving the bus northbound on Kidd Road across the divided four-lane highway when his vehicle was struck broadside near the passenger entry/exit door by the westbound semi tractor-trailer truck driven by Joshua Charles Catlett, 29, of Hamburg. The trailer of the semi was fully loaded with grain at the time of the collision. Both vehicles came to rest in a roadside ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection. Catlett was not seriously injured.
Rescue workers from the Glenwood Rescue unit treated Seale inside the bus before he was removed from the vehicle and transported by medical helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
Dr. Stan Sibley, superintendent of the Glenwood Community School District, said Seale has been employed by the district for about a year.
“He’s retired military with an excellent resume and not at all a stranger to responsibility,” Sibley said. “He’s exactly the type of guy you’d like to have on your staff.”
Sibley updated school district staff members of Seale’s condition via e-mail on Thursday.
Seale sustained several injuries, including a fractured pelvis, cracked or broken ribs, and some internal and external bruising, There were no head or spinal cord injuries and his doctors anticipate a full recovery, the e-mail stated.
Sibley said the bus, a 2002 vehicle with an International chassis and Thomas frame, was totaled. The interior seating area of the bus, however, held up well despite the impact of the collision, he said.
Sibley said district staff, parents and students are grateful that Seale is recovering from his injuries. “We’re very, very fortunate,” Sibley said. “It’s as bad of a (school bus) accident as I’ve seen in Glenwood. We could have been in a situation as serious as you can imagine. He (Clarence) ought to feel very fortunate also.”
As of Monday, no citations had been issued as a result of the accident. The Iowa State Patrol is in charge of the accident investigation.