Truck driver cited in crash involving bus full of UD students

By Tom Lehman 10:55pm, October 10, 2013 - Updated 3:53pm, October 11, 2013
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A truck driver has been cited after his tractor trailer crashed into a bus carrying University of Delaware students Thursday night in Bear.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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The collision occurred around 10:01 p.m. at the intersection of Route 896 and Howell School Road.

Police said a school bus carrying around 40 UD students was traveling southbound on Route 896 and began making a left turn onto Howell School Road.

While crossing the northbound lanes, police said the bus was struck by a tractor trailer that didn't stop for a red light at the intersection. The crash then caused the bus to overturn.

State police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said "eight to nine" of the passengers were taken to Christiana Hospital. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

He said around 30 of the other students had scrapes and bruises. Police said early Friday morning that the remaining passengers were taken to area medical centers by private vehicles.

University of Delaware spokesman John Brennan said Thursday night that the overturned bus was carrying students from the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority who were being transported to a party.

The accident caused road closures in the area for around three hours and police say more information will be released Friday.

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