Honesdale Borough Police report that the driver of the school bus that crashed on Cliff Street, Friday, was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial Hospital.


 Honesdale Borough Police report that the driver of the school bus that crashed on Cliff Street, Friday, was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The three children aboard the bus, all students at St. Vincent’s School, suffered minor cuts and bruises.
According to the police investigation, the Wayne Highlands School District bus was being operated by 70 year old Marlene Johannes. She had just picked up the students at St. Vincent’s and heading down Cliff Street when at 2:33 p.m., the bus crossed the oncoming lane, and struck a stone wall on the opposite side of the roadway. The bus then continued in a southerly direction where it impacted a parked 1997 Ford Truck owned by Michael Hegedus of Honesdale.
 It was determined that Johannes suffered from an acute medical condition which caused the crash, and her death. Thomas Jenkins, Wayne Highlands Superintendent, said that Johannes was currently a substitute driver and was operating the bus that day for her son-in-law and daughter, Randy and Debbie Bodie. Marlene’s husband Jerry is a bus contractor; she previously had been a regular driver for years.
Jenkins stated that she was up to date with her annual medical physical, required of all school bus drivers for Wayne Highlands.
None of the children were taken to the hospital. The school principal, Dr. Christopher Lake came to the scene, as did Father Martin Boylan and Father Desam. The parents were contacted, and arrangements made to take them home. Superintendent Jenkins, and Jeff Firmstone, Transportation Director, were there as well.
Driving bus 81A, she was on her way to Stourbridge Primary School to pick up more children, Jenkins said. Another bus was brought to take them home.
The bus has been impounded pending a post crash inspection by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Honesdale Fire Department, Honesdale EMS, PA State Police and Wayne County EMS all assisted at the scene.