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School Bus Driver Trapped, Several Students Injured In Westport Crash

A school bus driver was trapped and students slightly injured following a crash. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department/Twitter
Westport firefighters work to free a school bus driver trapped following a crash. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department/Twitter

A school bus carrying children crashed in Westport, trapping the driver, and slightly injuring several children.

The crash took place around 8:15 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at the intersection of Sylvan Road North and Orchard Hill Road in Westport, said Westport Police Lt. Anthony Prezioso.

Prezioso said initial findings at the scene show that the bus had been traveling southbound on Sylvan Road North approaching Orchard Hill Road when it veered off the roadway striking a traffic sign, stone wall and large tree causing significant front end damage. 

As a result, the bus driver required extrication from the vehicle which was performed by the Westport and Norwalk Fire Departments. 

The driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Prezioso said.

The student passengers, headed to Kings Highway Elementary School, received minor injuries and none had to be transported to a hospital, he added.

At the time of the accident, members of the police department immediately began coordinating with the Westport Board of Education to facilitate prompt notification to affected parents as well as reunification with their children.

Members of the Westport Police Department’s detective bureau and accident investigation team are on scene conducting an investigation into the incident. 

To accommodate their investigation, Sylvan Road North has been closed to through traffic from Murray Street to Marion Road. 

Residents living within this closure will have the ability to access the area, Prezioso said.

The closure will be in place for the next several hours, however, traffic officers are on scene to assist motorists seeking alternate routes around the incident, he added. 

Police will send out a Nixle message when the roadway reopens, which is expected later Friday afternoon. 

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