Courtesy of:  Dee Riggs @ The Wenatchee World 

LEAVENWORTH — A school bus driver who drove over a railroad crossing in Dryden Friday morning as warning arms were coming down, has been placed on administrative leave.

No one was injured. “However, children may have been frightened and concerned with the warning bar hitting the bus and breaking off as the driver accelerated the bus to quickly get past the tracks,” Cascade School Superintendent Steve McKenna wrote in an email to parents.

The driver of Bus No. 5 on Route No. 10 “did see the train down the tracks and moved the bus forward across the tracks before the train arrived at the crossing. It was not a close call and the train did not come close to the bus. 

McKenna declined to release the name of the bus driver. They will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, McKenna wrote.

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