HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Nearly a dozen people are in the hospital, including at least nine elementary school children, after a dump truck rammed a school bus in Holyoke.
The bus was leaving the E.N. White Elementary School when it crashed at the intersection of Lincoln and Pleasant Streets around 3 o’clock. One woman who frantically tried to help the nearly 30 kids on the bus, says it was terrifying.
“As soon as I saw that school bus my chest wanted to pop out,” said Carmen Santiago of Holyoke. “They were really afraid. They were scared, they were crying, they wanted their parents. I saw mothers running up the streets from everywhere. They just wanted to see their child.”
The bus and truck driver were both taken to the hospital. Their injuries, along with those of the children, are described as “minor.”
A neighbor who witnessed the crash lives on Pleasant Street. He had a camera set up on the roof, which caught the entire accident on tape.
William Donnell’s surveillance video shows the dump truck colliding with the side of the school bus. Seconds later you can see people rushing over, trying to pry open the bus doors, and help the children.
“It could have been a lot worse, and we’re obviously very thankful that there are no serious injuries, but obviously a very scary incident,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.
The dump truck hit the bus squarely in the side. The bus company said these buses are heavily fortified. Parents were immediately notified and were able to pick up their children from the accident.
The bus and the truck were towed away around 8:00 p.m. State Police are working to determine the cause of the crash.