Dec 052013

bus accidentOriginal posting at 1:55 p.m. 

Readers are reporting a school bus crash that happened on Lambert Road around 1:30 p.m. today.

No injuries were reported.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: 4:02 p.m.

A School Bus carrying 18 Race Brook School 1st through 6th graders home from a half day of school (due to parent-teacher conferences tonight), was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound (toward Route 1) as it crossed from Shepherd Lane to Rogers Avenue around 1:30 p.m. today.

Preliminary police information is that the bus driver was sent to Yale New Haven Hospital for evaluation and the two people in the car were transported to the same hospital for treatment.

According to School Superintendent Lynn McMullin, the bus was tilted slightly to the side from the impact and the children had to escape out of an emergency door.

“Race Brook Principal Mike Gray got there as soon as he heard about it and was there for the children and parents,” she said. “The bus driver also was wonderful, both should be commended.”

As for the children, none of them sustained any injuries, nary a bump or bruise. “They’re all ok. They kept it together and helped one another until they were safe in their parents arms,” she said. “Parents came to the scene and picked up their children. None of the students went home with anyone who was not a parent. If their parents did not come to the accident scene the children were brought back to Race Brook School and picked up there.”

School busses that serve Orange do not have seat belts, but often seat belts cause more harm than good. In this instance all of the children walked away with no injuries whatsoever.

Press release from the Orange Police Department sent 4:47 p.m. 

Car vs. School Bus

 At 1:17 p.m. the Orange Police Department responded to the intersection of Lambert Road and Rogers Road for a car vs. school bus collision.
Upon arrival, officers found that the school bus had come to rest slightly off the road.
The investigation is ongoing.
There were no reported injuries to the eighteen students from a nearby elementary school who had been on the bus. They were released on scene to school officials.
The bus driver and two occupants of the car were sent to the hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.


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