Man killed in school bus crash in Hampton

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A Gibsonia man killed in a crash on Route 8 Friday morning as he was headed to work was remembered by colleagues as a man of tremendous faith.

John Krauland Jr., 28, was pronounced dead at Allegheny General Hospital at 8:47 a.m., about an hour after a school bus on its way to begin picking up students crashed into his vehicle at East Hardies Road in Hampton.

Bishop David A. Zubik said Mr. Krauland worked as a loss control coordinator in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh office for the Parish Property Planning and Development.

"There are no words to explain tragedies like this one," the bishop said in a prepared statement. "We can only be grateful for another tragedy on a Friday long ago. What Jesus did on Calvary and with the empty tomb gives all of us hope that this life is not all that there is. May this tragedy become an important lesson for all of us to stop and take time to appreciate the people we live with and work with."

Allegheny County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said Mr. Krauland was waiting at a stoplight at the intersection around 7:40 a.m., and the school bus was facing south on Route 8, intending to turn left onto East Hardies. The bus collided with a pick-up truck, then rolled on top of a Nissan sedan driven by Mr. Krauland.

Paramedics took the driver of the pick-up truck, who was wearing a neck brace, to the hospital. His condition was not released. The bus driver was not hurt.

The pick-up truck driver and bus driver will be tested for drugs and alcohol. The sergeant said the Allegheny County district attorney will determine if charges are warranted.

No students were on the bus, which is operated by Monark Student Transportation Corp. and serves the Pine-Richland School District. District spokeswoman Rachel Hathhorn said the bus was preparing to pick up students and take them to Eden Hall Upper Elementary School.

Colleagues on Friday praised Mr. Kraulaud's work with the diocesan safety program.

"He was responsive, johnny-on-the-spot. He took his job seriously," Bishop Zubik said. "In its own way, it was an expression of his faith."

He also was a lector, Eucharistic minister and taught catechism to seventh-graders, with whom he was working on a play.

Mr. Kraulaud is survived by his wife of four years, Diane.

Police did not release the names of the others involved in the crash.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. First Published March 14, 2014 8:21 AM


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