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November 6, 2012

Two injured in school bus crash

By Douglas Moser dmoser@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — A woman and her daughter were taken to Holy Family Hospital yesterday morning when the school bus the woman was driving collided with a bridge column at the Lowell Street rotary.

No one else was on the bus, owned and operated by North Reading Transportation, police said. The woman and girl’s conditions were not available yesterday afternoon.

Police Capt. Kris McCarthy said no citations have been issued and the preliminary investigation suggested a medical issue may have caused the crash, which occurred at 7:12 a.m., according to the Methuen police log.

No other vehicles were involved. The bus was towed from the rotary.

The bus was not part of the Methuen public schools bus service, which is operated by Trombly Motor Coach Service of Dracut. School was not in session yesterday because three school buildings – the Marsh, Timony and Tenney grammar schools – are used as polling places, said Superintendent Judith Scannell.

Sara Lavoie, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said an inspection crew was dispatched soon after the crash and determined that there was no structural damage to the bridge. The crew was finished with its inspection by about 8:30 a.m.

A call left with North Reading Transportation was not returned yesterday afternoon.

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