No one was hurt after a school bus carrying six elementary school students was rear-ended by a pickup truck while making a stop on Route 197 in Litchfield Thursday morning.

The students were transferred to another bus and taken to Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield, according to Regional School Unit 4 Superintendent Jim Hodgkin. The accident was reported shortly after 8 a.m.

The driver of the pickup truck, Edward Stevens, 77, of Litchfield, reportedly was blinded by the sun when he crashed into the back of the bus while it was stopped to pick up a student near the Richmond town line, according to a news release from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. The bus, driven by Aloma Harvey, 70, of Litchfield, had its flashing lights on and stop sign out when the crash occurred, Hodgkin said.

Regional School Unit 4 consists of Litchfield, Wales and Sabattus.

An ambulance crew went to the scene to evaluate the students, according to an emergency dispatch report.

Speed did not appear to be a factor in the collision and no charges are pending, according to the sheriff’s office, which was assisted by Gardiner Rescue at the scene.


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