Vermont Bus Accident Injured Driver and 16 UMass Students

A Vermont bus accident leaves sixteen University of Massachusetts students and a bus driver injured after the driver loses control of the bus and slams into an embankment. The incident took place at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday afternoon, December 3, 2010, along Interstate 91 in Vermont.

According to Vermont State Police, the bus was carrying 45 people and was transporting UMass students to Canada for a ski trip when the bus abruptly veered across the highway. The bus traveled across a grassy median before finally coming to a stop on its side in some trees.

Rescue crews transported 16 students and the bus driver to local hospitals where they were treated for injuries sustained in the bus accident. Fortunately, all of the students were released by 9:00 PM the same day.

Police indicate that the bus driver failed to apply the brakes as the bus lost control. Students were told that the driver may have suffered a heart attack.

“I can see clear tread patterns of dirt,’’ State Police Sergeant Michael Sorensen said from the scene. “If the brakes were locked, I would see black marks. I don’t see any black marks.’’

The Putney bus accident is still under investigation by local authorities.

This is an unfortunate incident and we wish all the victims a speedy recovery.

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