Juvenile injured in Milton school bus crash

Delaware State News
Posted 9/9/21

MILTON — A school bus accident Thursday was expected to close Burton Road in both directions for an extended period, Delaware State Police said.

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Juvenile injured in Milton school bus crash


MILTON - An 11-year-old juvenile suffered minor injuries Thursday when a school bus crashed on Burton Road, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:03 p.m., police said, when Freightliner school bus driven by a 61-year-old female from Harbeson, was traveling westbound on Burton Road, entering a moderate right curve. Due to inattention by the driver, police said, the vehicle crossed the north edge of the roadway, entered the soft grassy roadside and began to rotate clockwise.

Police said the bus traveled approximately 79 feet before sideswiping a tree with the front right and continued to rotate clockwise while beginning to overturn. The Freightliner then struck a second tree with the left front side, continued to overturn while striking a third tree with the left side and came to rest on its left side, DSP said.

There were eight juveniles from Cape Henlopen School District on the school bus at the time of the collision.

The injured juvenile was transported to an area hospital, treated, and released.

The driver was cited for inattentive driving and failure to drive at speeds appropriate for conditions.

The roadway was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and roadway cleared.