Update To Newark School Bus Crash

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Newark – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a two vehicle crash involving a loaded school bus which occurred this morning east of Newark, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 8:13 a.m., as Janae S. Higgins, 22, of Newark, was operating a 2013 Toyota Prius and was attempting to make a left hand turn from eastbound Ruthar Drive onto northbound Harmony Road.

As Higgins began the turn, she drove directly into the path of a 2007 Blue Bird school bus, which was being operated by a 24-year-old Bear, DE man, and which was traveling in a westbound direction on Ruthar Drive, according to Hale. The left hand front side of the bus, which was carrying approximately 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark, then struck the front center of the Prius in the intersection where both vehicles then came to rest.

The male operator of the bus, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was transported to the Christiana Medical Center, where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. A six-year-old female and a nine-year-old female, who were passengers on the bus, were removed from the scene by ambulance and transported to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where they were treated for their non-life threatening injuries.

Janae Higgins, who was also properly restrained at the time of the crash, was treated at the scene before being transported by ambulance to the Christiana Medical Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. She was cited by Troopers with Failure to Yield the Right of Way to Oncoming Traffic.

Original Story

Newark – Delaware State Police are currently investigating a personal injury crash involving a school bus which occurred this morning in Newark, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 8:13 a.m. at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive and involves a passenger car and a school bus carrying approximately 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark.

Preliminary information is that the operator of the motor vehicle as well as two children on the bus were injured and transported to local hospitals. Their injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

The investigation into this crash is in its early stages.

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