Yesterday, around 5:30 p.m. Orange Live released vague information regarding an accident that was slowing traffic on Route 34.
Today, at our request, police released this information on the case:
On Wednesday, July 16, officers responded to a crash involving several vehicles including a school bus at the intersection of Derby Ave (Rt34) and Grassy Hill Road (RT 121) at about 2:49 p.m.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Michael Kilday, 31, of 650 West Main Street, Cheshire was traveling East Bound on Derby Ave. when he was unable to stop for traffic ahead.
The pick- up truck he was driving was towing a trailer loaded with landscape equipment. It swerved and struck a second vehicle which then struck a school bus with day campers from New Haven. Kilday’s truck left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Kilday, and the driver of the second vehicle sustained minor injuries and were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital. The occupants of the bus were evaluated by EMS and Hospital staff who had been called to the scene. Five complained of neck and back pain and were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further evaluation.
Kilday was charged with driving with a suspended license and following too close, with a court date of July 28, in Derby Superior Court.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Ofc. Sean Murphy at 203-891-2130.