Students sustain minor injuries in chair-reaction bus crash

Post Bus Crash

More than a dozen students sustained minor injuries Thursday afternoon in a chair-reaction crash involving three Woodbridge School District buses.


BRIDGEVILLE – Icy roadway precipitated a chain reaction crash involving three school buses Thursday that sent more than a dozen young students to area hospitals with minor injuries, Delaware State Police report.

According to state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier, the crash occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday as three school buses were heading north on Adams Road approaching Newton Road northwest of Bridgeville.

As the first bus was coming to a slow stop due to icy conditions, the third bus began sliding on the ice and struck the rear of the second bus which in turn struck the lead bus.

All three busses were loaded with students from the Woodbridge School District ranging from third to fifth grade, Cpl. Fournier said.

At least 16 children were transported by EMS to area hospitals where they were treated for minor non-life-threatening injuries, Cpl. Fournier said.

The additional students were transported by other busses to Woodbridge Middle School where a reunification center was set up in the gymnasium to reunite the kids with their parents as well as conduct examinations by Sussex County Paramedics and local EMS, Cpl. Fournier said.

Del. 404 at Adams Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

The three bus drivers – a 46-year old female, 30-year-old male, and 55-year-old male – were uninjured in the collision.

No charges are forthcoming, Cpl. Fournier said.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Sussex County Emergency Operations Center began receiving calls regarding crashes throughout Sussex County, primarily due to hazardous road conditions caused by the wind-blown snow across the roadways.

At least 51 collisions – including eight that involved non-life-threatening injuries – were investigated by troopers.

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