School bus crashes into police car in Anderson

(Provided Photo/Don Knight - The Herald Bulletin)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – Police said a student and detective were injured after a crash involving a school bus and a police car on Friday.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s partners, the Herald Bulletin, the crash happened near Anderson High School and involved a bus filled with 29 high schoolers on their way home and an undercover police cruiser driven by 48-year-old Anderson Police Department detective Tony Watters.

The bus and car were both heading north on Madison Avenue and as the cruiser slowed down in traffic, the driver of the bus became distracted and rear-ended the cruiser.

The driver of the bus, 64-year-old James Harter of Anderson, told police that while he was driving, several students were acting up on the bus and he looked back to reprimand them. It’s believed he let off the brake, then the bus slammed into the back of the slowing cruiser, which was pushed farther up the road.

Watters and a 14-year-old student were both hurt in the accident.

Anderson Community Schools Student Services Director Amanda McCammon said the students from the bus were taken back to the school by foot and transported from there in another vehicle. She said parents were notified of the accident.

There’s no word on if Harter will receive disciplinary action regarding the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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