Heavy snow and ice caused the bus barn roof at East Newton High School to collapse Friday.


Heavy snow and ice caused the bus barn roof at East Newton High School to collapse Friday.

“At the time of the collapse, we were able to get one of the buses out from under that and right now, the roof is basically resting on several buses,” East Newton R-6 Superintendent Todd McCrackin said.

McCrackin said between eight and nine buses were parked inside the barn at the time of the roof collapse.
The insurance provider was contacted after the bus barn roof collapsed and instructed the school personnel what to do.

“We have one bus that has a 2 by 4 sticking through the roof and then you got one or two buses that you can see just the roof of the bus is crinkled just a little bit,” he said. “Once we are able to get the buses out of there, we will do a complete inspection of the buses to make sure that they would be safe to transport students.”

At the time of the collapse, there was no one in there and school was already canceled due to the weather.

“I am very thankful that we did not have anybody in the barn at the time and everyone was safe and that was a good situation,” McCrackin said.

The high school bus barn was built in 1967 or 1968, McCrackin said.

“We have had larger snow amounts than this, since that (bus barn) was built,” he said.

The school district does have two other bus barns – with buses – located at Granby school and at Triway school.

So, what is next for the school district?

“First of all, weather permitting, if we were to have school on Monday, we would be still be able to have school despite the bus situation,” the superintendent said. “We have enough buses that could make some arrangements in some routes that we would be still be able to operate as planned. You might have a couple of routes that would have to be ran just slightly later, but we would still be OK.”