Oct 9, 2015

Cody coach OK after accidently driving school district vehicle through wall of Basin gas station

A Cody High School coach accidentally crashed a school district vehicle through the wall of a Basin gas station on Saturday night.

The Basin Republican Rustler reported that CHS tennis coach Norman Sedig, 66, drove a Park County School District No. 6 suburban through the wall of the Overland Express around 9 p.m. on Oct. 3. Sedig appeared to have mistaken the gas pedal for the brakes, the Republican Rustler reported.

No injuries were reported to Basin police.

The Saturday crash caused significant damage to Basin's Overland Express. Photo courtesy Laurie Morstad/Basin Republican Rustler
Ray Schulte, the Cody district’s superintendent, said this week that Sedig seems to be doing fine. Sedig was returning home from the state tennis competition in Gillette when the accident occurred. No students were in the vehicle.

The crash caused significant damage to the building, but minimal damage to the school district's vehicle, Schulte said. He said the district is still assessing the damages to the building and working with the Overland.

“It is unfortunate. We don’t feel good about causing damage to that business, but hopefully it will be repaired quickly,” Schulte said told the Republican Rustler. “We are so happy no one got hurt.”

Sedig was issued a careless driving citation by the Basin Police Department.

Lacy Davis, who works at the Overland, said she was shocked when the vehicle drove into the building. She said there were some customers in the building at the time.

“I couldn’t believe what happened,” Davis said. “I was shaking when I called the cops.”

~Story courtesy Kynli Smith, Basin Republican Rustler

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