EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 20, 2013

Salem student hurt in crash, truck driver cited

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — A Fisk School student received minor injuries yesterday afternoon when a truck struck a school bus at the intersection of South Policy Street and Woodlawn Terrace.

The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. when the bus carrying 22 elementary school students was rear-ended, according to Salem fire Capt. Stephane Cattin.

The young girl, accompanied by a parent, was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry to be evaluated, he said. No one else on the bus was seriously hurt.

The driver of the flatbed pickup was issued a summons for having defective equipment and for following the bus too closely, police Lt. Robert Morin. The truck had a bald tire, he said.

While the truck received substantial front-end damage, there was little damage to the bus, Morin said.

The names of the student and two drivers were not available.

The bus was bringing students home because it was a half day, according to School Superintendent Michael Delahanty. It was also the last day of school, he said.

Students were getting ready to step off the bus when it was struck, Delahanty said. A second student complained of neck pain but did not require medical treatment, he said.

Parents were notified of the accident, Delahanty said. A bus was sent by First Student Transportation to take the students home.

Delahanty praised police and firefighters for their immediate response to the accident. He also lauded the bus driver for calming the students.