Man Cited For Sparta Bus Crash

A man was cited for inattentive driving and obstructing an officer after rear-ending a school bus in Sparta. It happened Monday morning on N. Chester Street. Police say the bus was stopped waiting to turn, when it was hit by Chad Needham, 47 of Sparta.


Police say Needham claimed his car's transmission had been recalled. He said he did stop, but the transmission caused him to accelerate forward and crash into the bus. A witness on scene said Needham did not stop at all before the crash.


Several teens on the bus said they had neck, head, and back pain; however, no one was taken to the hospital.

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