School bus rolled over in Waltham; 10 students hurt

Everyone was able to get off the bus safely, state police say

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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP/WWLP) — Massachusetts State Police said 10 middle school-age students suffered minor injuries when their school bus rolled onto its side just outside Boston.

There were 22 students from Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury on the bus when it went over the guardrail and crashed on Interstate 95 south in Waltham, near the junction with the Massachusetts Turnpike at about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Image Courtesy: NBC Boston
Image Courtesy: NBC Boston

All the students were taken to were taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a precaution. The 54-year-old bus driver and 54-year-old bus monitor were evaluated for precautionary reasons only at a hospital.

Police said the bus made contact with a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado just before the crash. The pickup’s driver, a 29-year-old Belmont man, stayed at the scene.

Broadcast video showed the bus on its side with the front end crashed into a highway sign. Students could be seen sitting on the guardrail and being attended to by emergency medical technicians.

The students were all released from the hospital late Wednesday afternoon, and returned to their parents, police said. The crash is still under investigation.

Sudbury Public Schools Superintendent Anne Wilson issues the following statement to the community:

This afternoon, a school bus operated by First Student Inc. crashed on I-95 Southbound. The bus was carrying 22 students from the Ephraim Curtis Middle School. The students, who are part of our Metco Program, were on their way home to Boston when the crash occurred.

Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported. However, all 22 students were taken to three area hospitals out of an abundance of caution, and we applaud the efforts of police, firefighters, and rescuers. Sudbury Public Schools has sent faculty, staff, and administrators to the three area hospitals to assist our students and work directly with affected families. We will provide whatever resources are needed by our students and families.

We are so grateful that it appears none of our students were seriously injured.

Schools will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, and a replacement bus will be in service to transport all students to and from school.

The crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. Sudbury Public Schools are in regular contact with the State Police.

We ask that the privacy of our students be respected. No members of the media are allowed on school grounds.

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