No injuries reported when SUV hits RSU 9 bus in New Sharon

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NEW SHARON — No one was injured Wednesday afternoon when an SUV hit the back of a stopped Regional School Unit 9 school bus loaded with children on Cape Cod Hill Road, according to police.

Franklin County sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Brann responded to a report of a “property damage only accident” at approximately 3:23 p.m.

Bus driver Bonita Oliver, 61, of Chesterville had stopped to drop off a student at the intersection of Post Office Road, Brann wrote in his report to Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Lauren Hendell, 30, of Vienna was driving a 2012 Lexus SUV and had her two daughters with her. Hendell was following the bus and when the bus stopped to drop off the student, the SUV ran into the back of the bus, according to Brann.

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Cape Cod Hill School is up the road from the intersection.

Minor damage was done to the bus. The SUV sustained heavy front end damage. Hendell was issued a summons for following too close, Brann wrote.

The SUV was towed away by Farmington Towing due to the damage. New Sharon Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control.

No injuries were reported Wednesday afternoon when a stopped RSU 9 school bus loaded with children was struck in the rear by a Lexus SUV on Cape Cod Hill Road in New Sharon. The bus driven by Bonita Oliver, 61, of Chesterville was stopped to drop off a student at the intersection of Post Office Road when an SUV driven by Lauren Hendell, 30, of Vienna hit the bus. Hendell had her two daughters with her. Cape Cod Hill School is on the road. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office photo)

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