Minor injuries in Fall River school bus accident
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Several officers were on the scene of a school bus crash in Fall River Tuesday.
“He came screaming off the highway, made the turn, and slammed smack into the bus,” said Ginny Pelagio, a witness.
Police closed down the ramp for exit 6 on Route 24 south after an accident involving a school bus and a pickup truck. The crash happened on Highland Avenue near Wilson Road on Tuesday afternoon.
“I heard a loud bang and rushed down to the corner of the intersection and I couldn’t see anyone in the truck. And I looked, and there was a body leaned over and I said, ‘Wake up, wake up,’” said Michael Lewis, a witness.
Witnesses say the truck was exiting the highway and the bus full of elementary school children was making its way across town when they collided.
“He finally picked himself up. He said, ‘I’m getting out.’ Like a NASCAR driver, he grabbed the top of the roof, and he jumped out. He said, ‘I’m an ex-Marine.’ He had cuts all over his eye and the top of his forehead,” Lewis said.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital along with 11 students for minor injuries or as a precaution.
“The kids in the back of the bus that had the collars and they took them out through the back of the bus and onto the stretchers and into the ambulances,” said Pelagio.
Neighbors who witnessed the crash were relieved the injuries weren’t serious.
“For what it looked like it could have been a whole lot worse,” said Pelagio.
The crash is under investigation.