NEWBURGH — Several students were injured following a crash between a school bus and a pick-up truck Friday morning.
Shortly before 7 a.m., the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash on Western Avenue along the Chapman intersection in Newburgh.
Deputy Mark Fucile of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said the school bus was stopping to pick up a child when it was hit from behind by a GMC pick-up truck.
A total of 18 students were traveling on the bus and several were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
“8 students were transported to the hospital with complaints of pain and the passenger of the other vehicle or pickup truck was also transported,” said Fucile.
Parents of the children along with the Hampden’s school department were notified immediately after the crash.
Fucile stressed the importance of motorists paying close attention while in proximity of a school bus.
“I know our bus was slowing to stop and pick up students and did have yellow lights on if not red,” said Regan Nickels, superintendent of RSU 22. “Because they were progressing to come to a full stop. I would like to commend CYR Bus Lines, their response in this situation was highly professional and the bus driver did everything he could for the students on his bus.”
Fucile said the crash is under investigation and a thorough review of potential traffic violations will be determined.