GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were taken to the hospital, and a portion of Route 116 in Granby was closed to traffic midday Monday, after a Peter Pan bus crashed into a parked fuel truck and then a house.
“I had no idea a bus could actually travel that far and go into our house,” said Jeffrey Labrecque, one of the homeowners.
Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart told 22News that the bus was headed north on Route 116 at around 11:10 A.M., when it crashed into the oil truck, which was making a delivery at the time. The bus then crossed over the center lane into the southbound side of traffic, and went off the road, finally coming to a rest after crashing into the home at 664 Amherst Road.
Tom Hodgis was next door to the home at the time of the crash. He said it’s lucky one of the residents made a trip to the store Monday morning, coming home to an unbelievable situation; “Works out of her home, in that room, and she just practically fell on me. No one, she would have never survived that.”
The bus driver and one of the five passengers were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not serious. Labrecque said the situation could have been much worse; “Had he hit that pine tree before he got to our property, I don’t think the bus driver would be here today, and I think all of his passengers probably would have been severely injured.”
Both the home and the bus sustained heavy damage in the crash. The homeowner told 22News the entire home has been condemned for now. One side will have to be demolished and rebuilt, but the two residents will be able to live in the home during re-construction.
The driver of the fuel truck was not inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was called in, however, to assist with the cleanup of fuel from the road. Some of the home heating oil leaked onto the road, and Route 116 had been shut down from Aldrich Street to Amherst Road until about 2:45 P.M. One lane of Amherst Road remained closed while crews continued to clean up the oil until around 5:00 P.M.