Police: Teen Caused Route 4 Bus Crash

A 17-year-old Cranston driver allegedly veered into a Providence recreation department bus, causing it to crash on Route 4 Monday afternoon.

Monday’s in East Greenwich was apparently triggered when a teen driver hit the blue bus, officials say. According to the Providence Journal, a 17-year-old Cranston driver veered into the left-front side of the bus.

Captain Frank Castellone of the Rhode Island State Police said the teenager and another youth were in a 1999 Acura on Route 4 around 3:10 p.m. Monday when the crash occurred. According to Castellone, officials are unsure why the driver veered right.

The bus from Providence’s recreation department was carrying 32 passengers, the majority of which was elementary school aged students returning from a field trip to Newport. After it was struck by the Cranston driver’s Acura, the bus went over a guardrail, down an embankment before hitting a tree.

All occupants were brought to area hospitals, but officials said that only the driver — who was ejected from the bus — was seriously injured.

Judy April 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Was this teen on the phone at the time that he/she could not see a big bright blue bus near him/her? I was very upset to hear of this accident as I have a child of this age and send her on EG Park and Rec events as well as school trips. This could of been any of our children. My heart goes out to the bus driver, the children and adults on this trip, this was very scary.. Was the bus driver wearing a seatbelt? Buses that carry children should have seatbelts!
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Judy, according to a story in the Prov. Journal this morning, State Police say the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. No news yet on what caused the teen driver to swerve into the bus.


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