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November 28, 2016

Press Release/Vermont State Police/School Bus Crash/16B105127

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 16B105127                          

TROOPER: C. Schulze

STATION: St. Johnsbury                               

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 11/28/16   0713 hours

STREET: Moore Hill Road

TOWN: Newbury

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Snake Road

WEATHER: Cloudy           

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: William Jones

AGE: 65    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Piermont, NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2017

VEHICLE MAKE: Freightliner

VEHICLE MODEL:

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: minor damage along passenger side

INJURIES:

HOSPITAL: Cottage

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 11/28/16, the Vermont State Police responded to a school bus crash on Moore

Hill Road in Newbury. Members of Woodsville Ambulance, the Newbury Fast Squad,

and the Department of Motor Vehicle Commercial Enforcement Unit responded as well.

 

William Jones was operating the bus and traveling east on Moore Hill Road. William Jones reported that there was a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. He advised that he steered the bus towards the edge of the road to allow room for the other vehicle. The passenger side tires traveled onto the soft shoulder. The shoulder began to give way from the weight of the bus and William Jones was unable to steer it back onto the roadway. The bus began to roll towards the passenger side, but a couple of trees prevented it from rolling all the way over.

 

There were 29 students on the bus at the time of the collision. All the students were able to exit the bus on their own. The students were from the Newbury Elementary School and Oxbow High School. Four students were transported to Cottage Hospital for evaluation. All injuries were considered minor. 

 

The investigation is ongoing.