Fall River School Bus, Taunton School Van Involved in Crashes
Crashes involving school vehicles occurred this morning in Fall River and Taunton, each one sending a person to the hospital.
Fall River Police responded at 7:22 a.m. to a reported crash involving a school bus on Canal Street. According to police, the bus was traveling northbound and crashed into a black Honda sedan that was traveling southbound.
Police spokesperson Captain Barden Castro said it appeared contact took place between the bus and the Hodna when the drivers’ sides struck each other. The Honda also collided with a parked SUV, which caused the Honda to flip onto its side. The driver of the sedan was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital for treatment.
The bus had nine students on board at the time, along with the driver and two adult monitors. Students were taken by school department transportation officials to the Doran School and their parents were notified of the incident. According to Castro, several students complained of headaches but no serious injuries were reported.
Castrol said Officer Brennan Cardoza is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash, including viewing the camera footage from the school bus and speaking with witnesses.
School Van Involved in a Crash in Taunton
Taunton Public Schools Superintendent John Cabral sent a statement out to the school community informing them of a van contracted by the school department being involved in a crash this morning.
According to Cabral, the incident happened at about 7:45 a.m. this morning, when a van contracted by Taunton Public Schools was involved in a crash at the corner of Silver Street and Cohannet Street. He said the van is owned by H&L Bloom Bus.
A witness who provided WBSM with photos said the other vehicle involved was a taxi cab.
Cabral said that no students were on board the van at the time of the crash. The driver of the van was its sole occupant, and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.
“On behalf of Taunton Public Schools, I wish the driver a swift recovery,” Cabral said.
Taunton Police said there are no citations or charges being filed at this time.