Pedestrian identified in fatal school bus collision

Details surrounding a bus-pedestrian accident in Clay Center on Tuesday morning remain hazy.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 8:31 AM CDT
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CLAY CENTER, Kan. (WIBW) - The man who died in a fatal school bus collision in Clay Center on Tuesday morning has been identified.

The Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log indicates that Harold R. Mugler, 69, of Clay Center, was pronounced dead at the scene of a fatal school bus accident.

Clay County Schools USD 379 says on Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, a school bus was involved in an accident with a pedestrian in Clay Center. It said no students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

USD 379 staff notified the public just after 7 a.m. and noted that staff is coordinating with local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Trooper Ben Gardner says the accident happened at the intersection of 6th St. and Lincoln.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says multiple Troopers are on the scene and will continue the investigation. It said the Critical Highway Accident Response Team also responded to the accident.

“The bus accident this morning resulted in a fatality of the pedestrian. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy,” Clay County Schools Superintendent Brett Nelson told 13 NEWS. “Our counselors are available to all students and staff who need support during this difficult time.”

Trooper Ben noted that the pedestrian had attempted to cross the road headed south at the time of the accident. He also said the accident did not happen in a school zone.

Nelson said that no students were involved in the incident as the bus had not yet picked up students along its morning route. He said staff will continue to work with KHP.

According to the crash log, the school bus, driven by Brenda Peterson, 71, of Clay Center, was headed east on Lincoln Ave. and approaching Sixth St. when Mugler attempted to cross in the crosswalk. Peterson failed to see Mugler and collided with him, resulting in the fatal collision.