Troopers Update School Bus Crash That Sent 9 To Area Hospitals

New Castle – Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a loaded school bus which sent eight elementary school children to the hospital, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the crash occurred at approximately 8:06 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the intersection of New Castle Avenue (DE Rt. 9) and Memorial Drive, when a 2008 Porsche Cayenne operated by Michael McHugh, 51, of Ocean City New Jersey attempted to turn left from New Castle Ave. northbound on to Memorial Drive westbound, according to Austin.

McHugh turned directly into the path of a 2017 Freightliner school bus, operated by a 24-year-old New Castle man, which was travelling southbound on New Castle Ave., proceeding through the intersection with Memorial Dr., with the right of way, according to Austin. The front end of the Porsche struck the front end of the school bus with both vehicles becoming disabled in the southbound lanes of New Castle Ave. New Castle Ave. southbound lanes were shut down for approximately two hours.

The school bus was transporting 17 elementary school students to New Castle Elementary School of the Colonial School District. As a result of the crash, 8 of those students were transported to A.I DuPont Hospital For Children, where they were all treated for minor injuries and released.

McHugh was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was also treated for minor injuries.

McHugh was cited for Vehicle Turning Left Must Yield To Oncoming Traffic and having Expired Tags.

Colonial School District Public Information Officer, Lauren Wilson confirmed that eight students were taken to DuPont Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.

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