A school bus carrying a driver, a bus aide, and five students from Elementary Bus Route A was struck by a vehicle that failed to halt at an intersection around 8:00 am on Wednesday, Dryden Superintendent Joshua Bacigalupi reported.
In an email to the Dryden Central School District (DCSD) community, Bacigalupi stated that a paramedic evaluated all passengers and staff at the scene, and no one required transportation to a hospital. Among the students on board, four attend Dryden Elementary School, while one goes to Cassavant Elementary School.
The collision occurred when the vehicle, traveling westbound on Elm Street Extension, neglected to stop at the intersection with Champlain Road, hitting the bus on its right side. After the incident, the affected students boarded another bus and were taken to Dryden Elementary School, where they were assessed by school nurses and offered support from social workers and other staff members.
Bacigalupi expressed gratitude for the swift response and assistance of first responders from McLean, Groton, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, and the NYS Troopers, as well as Brecht’s Towing. He also praised the professionalism of the school’s staff, including nurses, social workers, and transportation personnel, particularly highlighting the efforts of bus driver Mr. Haines and bus aide Mr. Quinlan. Their quick thinking and composure ensured the safety of the students during and immediately following the accident.
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