Chief William Walsh Jr.
465 Main St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
For Immediate Release
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Great Barrington Police Respond to Motor Vehicle Crash Involving School Bus
GREAT BARRINGTON — Chief William Walsh Jr. reports that the Great Barrington Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus that occurred this morning.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., Police, along with the Great Barrington Fire Department and the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad, responded to a motor vehicle crash on Park Street in Housatonic near Cone Avenue.
A 2001 Ford Escort was traveling north on Park Street when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an occupied school bus traveling south in the opposite lane.
There were no serious injuries to occupants of either vehicle, but the driver of the Ford, a 17-year-old female, was transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center.
Superintendent Peter Dillon and Principal Marianne Young of Monument Mt Regional High School arrived on the scene to assist with releasing students to parents or boarding them onto a new bus for transport to school. A total of 27 students, ages 12-18, were on the bus at the time. Parents were notified immediately by school officials.
“Fortunately, no one was seriously injured as a result of this crash,” Chief Walsh said. “Thanks to the quick response of police, fire and EMS and the assistance from school personnel, operations on scene ran smoothly and we were able to get all students safely to school.”
The school bus sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the operator after students were off-loaded.