Students escape injury in bus accident

STRONG — Twenty students from SAD 58 schools escaped injury Monday afternoon as their bus left the road and plowed through about 50 feet of snowbanks coming to rest in a ditch on the Pillsbury Road.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A SAD 58 bus went off the road Monday afternoon on Pillsbury Road in Strong. Twenty students and the driver escaped injury and students were quickly transferred to another bus and taken home. After plowing through about 50 feet of snowbanks, the bus came to rest in a ditch.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A SAD 58 bus went off the road Monday afternoon on Pillsbury Road in Strong. Twenty students and the driver escaped injury and students were quickly transferred to another bus and taken home. After plowing through about 50 feet of snowbanks, the bus came to rest in a ditch.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A SAD 58 bus went off the road Monday afternoon on Pillsbury Road in Strong. Twenty students and the driver escaped injury and students were quickly transferred to another bus and taken home. After plowing through about 50 feet of snowbanks, the bus came to rest in a ditch.

Bus driver Larone Crockett, 58, of Strong was distracted for a moment causing the bus to leave the country road shortly after 3 p.m. Pillsbury Road is located off Norton Hill or Route 234.

The passengers consisted of students from kindergarten through high school, said Crockett at the scene. The snowbanks were still soft and the bus plowed through, he added.

With the help from members of Strong Fire Department, the students were transferred to another bus for the ride home within about 10 minutes, said officer Heidi Wilcox from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

He kept them inside and warm until the second bus could arrive.

An estimate of damage to the bus could not be determined until it was pulled out of the ditch, she said.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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 's picture

I can't believe the parents weren't called!

I received a call from the Lewiston School Department when my childrens' bus was involved in something minor (I can't remember what now.) But the police had to speak to each child and make sure that they were okay before they were released AND all parents received very prompt notification of the situation. I can't believe that the kids weren't checked out or spoken to and the parents hadn't been notified!

What about the Parents ?

I hope the SJ will try and follow this story up and find out why the parents of these children were not contacted by any school officials and still have not been called. I know this for a fact because on of my friends children was on that bus and now her child is scared to go back on the bus. Also she has not been contacted by SAD 58 to explain anything.

DANNY FITZSIMMONS's picture

did the driver get a ticket

did the driver get a ticket for distrcted driving????? you know we would and the judge would say the law is the law even when the law is so stupid.

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