School Bus Goes Off Road Into Woods in Plaistow, NH
A school bus carrying several children went off a Plaistow road and into the woods Tuesday afternoon.
The bus went off Greenough Road around 3:40 p.m. prompting a response within four minutes of a 911 call, according to Plaistow Fire Chef Chris Knutsen. Six children on board the bus from Atkinson Academy in the Timberland Regional School District were able to exit the bus on their own.
The chief said all the children were examined by fire and rescue crews but none were hospitalized. One child complained of a minor injury to their leg. Another bus was called and the children continued on their route.
The bus driver was removed from the bus and was hospitalized, according to Knutsen, who said she was in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon. Boston 25 reported the driver suffered a medical episode.
Gina Lynch and Stephanie Geary told WCVB they saw the driver slumped over the wheel as the bus came towards their car and barely missed hitting them. They said they pried open the back door before first reposnders arrived
Video showed a heavy duty tow truck being used to lift the school bus out of the woods.
"We wish to thank all the bystanders and school officials who assisted on the scene. Their presence helped maintain a calm atmosphere for the children," Knutsen said.
A school bus from the Haverhill public school system carrying 14 high school students was rear ended on Route 108 on Sept. 23.