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December 24, 2013

School bus strikes pedestrian on Howe Street

METHUEN — A school bus struck and injured a 64-year-old man on Howe Street last Wednesday morning, sending him to the hospital with potential broken bones.

The bus, operated by Trombly, struck Brian A. Miller, 64, of Howe Street at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Methuen police.

Miller was walking north on Howe Street on his way to the superette, he told police, when the bus, running a route for Greater Lawrence Technical High School, struck him on the left side, tossing him 10 feet into a snow bank.

“Methuen Fire Department EMTs responded along with paramedics and Mr. Miller was transported to Lawrence General Hospital with possible broken bones in the hip area and possible internal injuries,” police Chief Joseph Solomon said yesterday. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The driver, of Lowell, told police he did not see the man and stopped after he heard a bang. Officer Larry May, who wrote the crash report, wrote that the front bumper and right-side mirrors struck Miller.

Howe Street was wet, and the sidewalk on that side of the street was covered with snow, however May noted the sidewalk on the other side of the street was clear.

According to the police report, no students were aboard the bus.

The report stated that Miller was wearing dark clothing and the lighting on the street would have made it difficult to see him.

The driver was not cited in the collision.

John Lavoie, superintendent-director of Greater Lawrence Tech, did not return a message seeking comment yesterday.

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