School Bus Hit by Pick-Up, Solmonese Principal Rushes to Scene

No injuries were reported, driver of pick-up not cited.

At approximately 9 a.m. today, responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus.

The school bus was stopped in front of 235 Mansfield Ave., preparing for children to board, when it was struck from the rear by a pick-up truck. The bus was headed to the on W. Main Street. Nine children were on the bus, but none were injured. 

The J.C. Solmonese School principal, Riita Bolten, and school nurse, Christine Lyons, responded to the scene to assist. Another school bus arrived to transport the children to the school. The bus was able to be driven from the scene with minor damage. 

"We boarded the bus and insured that the students were all right," Bolton said. "When a replacement bus arrived, we helped the bus driver get the students safely on that bus. Once the students were on the bus, the driver continued on the route and we drove to school to call all parents whose students were on the bus. Once the students arrived to school, the nurse checked again any student whose parents had asked her to do so."

No charges were filed in the incident and no one involved was injured. The incident is under investigation by Ptlm. Marc Robichaud.

Radar February 16, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Tailgating 720 CMR 9.06(7) Speed, greater than reasonable and proper 90-s17 This driver hits the back of a Big Yellow School Bus with students on board and he is not cited???? Above are two sections of the law that he "should" have been charged with at the scene if possible. You got to be kidding me?
Radar February 16, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Never mind it most likely had its" illuminated" yellow flashers on indication CAUTION and then we have those "illuminated" RED Flashers to Boot* Go Norton PD
Michael McKenney February 21, 2011 at 01:14 AM
A Police Officer does not have to issue a citation to find a motorist at fault for a accident. He can do so in his written report to the DOT. Many officers only issue citations for a MVA if the actions of the other motorist were reckless. That's why these incidents are called "accidents".


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