2000-04-08 / Front Page

CRUNCH!

--School Bus Crashes--

By Joan Ward George

Eighteen school children from P.S. 43 and P.S. 256 were transported to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon after the school bus they were returning home in collided with a Ford sports car. The collision sent the bus crashing into the front railing of the property that houses Congregation Shaare Zedek on Beach 30 Street, just off of Seagirt Boulevard.

According to one witness to the action he heard a large boom like sound and looked up and saw a school bus crushed up against the railing across the street. "Kids were crying and asking for someone to come and help them," the witness said. After all of the children were safely removed from the crashed bus they were transported to either St. John’s Episcopal Hospital or Peninsula Hospital Center.

In addition to the children, who were treated and released with minor injuries, the bus matron, the bus driver and the driver of the car and its two passengers were also transported to area hospitals. The police had no updates on the injuries to the adults involved in the crash as of press time Wednesday.

According to police, the driver of the sports car reported that he was driving westbound on Seagirt Avenue when the bus went through the intersection without "locking" at a high rate of speed. The bus driver said that she had stopped at a stop sign on Beach 30 Street and then proceeded across the intersection when the bus she was driving was struck by the Ford. The force of the crash caused the bus to go up onto the sidewalk where it was stopped by the railing in front of the synagogue.

The accident is still under investigation. The driver of the Ford was arrested and charge with driving on a suspended license.

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