by Becky Holcomb, staff writer
A 14-passenger bus was totaled under the all-too familiar overhang attached to Kittredge Feb. 18. This bus will now be reconstructed into a vehicle designed to transport logs for forestry crew.
According to John Verba, this recent loss won’t affect any upcoming trips due to the purchase of four seven-passenger vans. This is the second 14-passenger bus that has been totaled this year and the second accident under the overhang attached to Kittredge.
The previous total happened when theater professor Graham Paul drove students to a play in Asheville and had a road accident. Two of the seven passenger vans will replace Paul’s accident, and two of them will replace the accident that occurred two weeks ago under Kittredge.
The estimated cost of these buses is $52,000. This new accident, besides being slightly comical to the majority of students, has spurred a few possible changes.
The age requirement to get a license to drive a 14-passenger bus may go up, according to Verba.
As of now, to get a license you have to be 19. Also, motor pool is trying to assess the need for the 14-passenger buses because they are difficult to drive, and aren’t used as often as the vans. It is unclear exactly how much money the school has lost this year on these accidents, because insurance does pay the worth of the totaled vehicle, which can then be used to help purchase other vehicles. The bus that was recently totaled under Kittredge will start being transformed into a log trailer hopefully next week by removing the top and seats. This beautification process will be conducted by the auto shop crew.