Fatal Wreck Involves School Bus

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In Polk County, a woman of Pleasant Hope is killed Tuesday afternoon when her vehicle crashed with a school bus.

On January 24, 2012 at approximately 3:55 p.m., Tracy Bauer, 45 and of Pleasant Hope, Missouri was operating a 2001 Dodge Pick-up traveling in the southbound direction of Highway H. Wilfred Hardiman, age 61 and of Buffalo, Missouri was operating a 2000 GMC school bus traveling in the westbound direction of Highway H.

At that said time and place, Bauer was traveling southbound on Highway H, one mile south of Pleasant Hope, as Wilfred was traveling westbound operating a Pleasant Hope R-6 school bus. While the school bus was involved in this crash there were no children on it. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bauer traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, and then was skidding out of control across the roadway when she was then struck broadside by the 2000 GMC school bus.

Tracy Bauer was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Polk County coroner, Roy Harms. Bauer was transported to Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri. The driver of the school bus, Wilfred Hardiman, sustained moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Wilfred was reported to be the only participant involved that was wearing a safety device.

Tracy’s 2001 Dodge Pick-up and Wilfred’s 2000 GMC school bus both received total damages and were both towed by B & B Wrecker of Bolivar Missouri.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Pleasant Hope Police and Fire Department, Morrisville Fire and Rescue, and troop D. This is troop D’s fourth fatality crash for January and for 2012.

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