November 5, 2013

Pickup truck, school bus collide in Augusta

No children are reported injured, but a person in the truck is transported via LifeFlight helicopter.

Kennebec Journal staff report

AUGUSTA — A pickup truck struck a school bus Tuesday on Riverside Drive.

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Emergency crews work at the scene of an accident on Riverside Drive in Augusta. No children were reported hurt, but a LifeFlight helicopter was called to transport the driver of the pickup truck.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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Emergency crews remove the roof of a pickup truck as they work to free the driver at the scene of a crash involving an Augusta school bus Tuesday on Riverside Drive just south of Stevens Road in Augusta.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Initial witness reports and emergency radio transmissions indicated that none of the children on the school bus were hurt, but LifeFlight was called for a person in the pickup truck who was trapped in the vehicle for more than 40 minutes.

An automated voice message sent to Augusta parents said the driver and three Cony students were not injured in the crash. The same message indicated that elementary bus runs were delayed because of the crash.

The crash occurred just before 2:30 p.m., in the area of 860 Riverside Drive near the Stevens Road intersection. The truck apparently hit the back of the bus and was stuck underneath for some time.

A portion of Riverside Drive was closed for a time.

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