Students were sent to the hospital after police said a school bus was involved in a crash with a minivan in South Windsor on Tuesday morning.
Police said the crash happened on Route 5 by the Interstate 291 interchange around 6:45 a.m.
”When you’ve got a high-occupancy vehicle, so obviously the first thing, we do is make sure there is appropriate medical resources for everyone," South Windsor Police Deputy Chief Scott Custer said.
According to police, 14 students were on the bus. Minor injuries were reported.
"It’s probably the worst intersection and the worst timing to have an accident like this," South Windsor Fire Chief Kevin Cooney said. "Thankfully, all of the injuries were minor, but it was still a process to go through to evaluate that many students.”
Police said six were brought to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford for evaluation of very minor injuries. The remaining students were transported to South Windsor High School on another bus.
”They were all triaged as level green, which means no serious injuries or life-threatening ones," Dr. Steven Rogers, who works in the emergency department at CMC, said.
The driver of the minivan suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police said she suffered a medical emergency, perhaps a seizure.
Custer said they are ready and prepared to handle these types of mass casualty situations.
”Police, fire and ambulance folks working together, cleared the scene relatively quickly," Custer said. "We’re very happy there were no serious injuries.”
The students were headed to South Windsor High School from Hartford for a program. South Windsor Superintendent Kate Carter released a statement to Channel 3 following the crash.
"Earlier [Tuesday] morning a school bus transporting students to South Windsor High School was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 5 and Ellington Road. Nine students were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. I know our community will keep everyone involved in the accident in their thoughts."
First Student released a statement on the crash.
"First Student is working with all local authorities regarding the incident this morning. As per our standard protocol, our driver has been removed from service pending the outcome of the investigation. As this is an active investigation, that is all the information we can provide at this time," First Student spokesperson Jay Brock said in a statement to Eyewitness News.
Traffic was reduced to one lane of traffic in both directions. However, the scene has since completely cleared. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.
Police told Eyewitness News while this crash was an accident, the investigation is ongoing.
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