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MVC Involving a Bus

posted Dec 23, 2014, 9:39 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 9:41 AM ]
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark DE was dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Crash involving a school bus at 7 AM on Tuesday, December 23.  The incident involved a single school bus that struck a protective concrete mound at the base of a light pole in the parking lot of the Shue-Medill Middle School, 1500 Capitol Trail.

Deputy Chief Drew Bowerson arrived to find a school bus with heavy front end damage, perched up on the concrete buffer to the light pole, causing the vehicle to be unstable.  He was met by school officials telling of multiple students with injuries still aboard the bus.

Deputy Chief Bowerson called for additional fire department resources, bringing Mill Creek Fire Company with two Rescue Pumpers.  With Newark Fire Department and New Castle County Paramedics on scene, additional ambulances were called for the multiple patients.  All told, ambulances from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark, Mill Creek Fire Company, Minquas Fire Company of Newport, Cranston Heights Fire Company, and Elsmere Fire Company responded to the scene. 

After the school bus was stabilized, the patients were removed from the vehicle.  There were approximately 25 students on the bus.  They were triaged by Aetna EMS and New Castle County Paramedics.  The patients were treated for their injuries and transported to hospitals.  Eleven (11) students were transported to the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children at Rockland.  The adult female bus driver was transported to the Christiana Hospital.  All patients had non-life threatening injuries.  The remaining students were taken to the school nurse for evaluation.

The incident was placed under control at 7:30 AM.  A total of 12 firefighters and 18 EMS personnel from area volunteer fire company ambulances and the New Castle County Paramedics were on scene.

The Delaware State Police and the Christina School District are investigating the cause of the accident.

Story by: PIO John H. Farrell, IV, photos courtesy of The News Journal.