Two Hurt in School Bus Crash on Bypass [Updated]

Two adults were injured after a school bus plowed into the back box truck on the Newtown Bypass Thursday afternoon.

Friday, 7 p.m.:

Thursday, 4:13 p.m.:

A driver and bus aide were injured in a serious accident on the Newtown Bypass Thursday shortly after 2 p.m.

No children were aboard the small First Student-owned bus, police said. Officers were not sure if the bus was working for a local school or camp at the time of the crash.

After a 20-minute extrication by more than a dozen firefighters, one of the victims was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Philadelphia, Newtown Fire Chief Glenn Forsyth said. The other victim was transported by ambulance to St. Mary Medical Center.

Two Mealey's Furniture deliverymen were headed back to their warehouse in the Morrisville section of Falls Township when their truck began to experience mechanical issues. The men pulled the white box truck over. Shortly after, the yellow bus rammed into the back of the delivery van.

Police at the scene said it appeared the yellow bus was driving partially on the shoulder on the roadway and had made contact with the metal guard rail just yards before it struck the delivery truck.

One of the deliverymen said he was standing near the truck when the wreck happened. He described the sound of the crash as a "boom."

The accident occurred on the eastbound right-lane and shoulder of the Bypass, near the intersection of Route 413.

After being dispatched to the scene, a PennStar medical helicopter landed nearby the accident on the Bypass, police said. The accident closed both lanes of traffic for about an hour and caused numerous delays.

After ambulance and fire crews had left the scene, a Newtown traffic officer was seen inspecting the bus and truck.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to authorities.


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Tom Sofield July 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Thanks to Patch reader James DeFeo (http://www.defeophoto.com) for adding a few additional snaps to our photo gallery!
Ed B July 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Elisabeth, I hope your grandmother is okay.
John Larkin July 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Your comment implied this driver was worse than one you had in school, whom you said was "a bad driver". If you don't understand this, then you shouldn't have posted the comment in the first place. Comments like yours and "the Voice" clearly illustrate the dangers of making ill-informed, inflammatory, and/or asinine comments before all of the facts are in. If the accident was indeed caused due to a medical situation you (and "theVoice") owe an apology.
Molly July 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I'm sorry I didn't intend to say your grandma was a bad driver. I hope she recovers if she got hurt.
Tom Sofield July 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
We've posted an updated story on the accident - http://patch.com/A-wqd4


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