School Bus Crash Sends Two To Hospital, Driver Charged

Newark – Delaware State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus, which was transporting students from Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 3:10 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Walther Road, Newark. A 2010, Blue Bird school bus, driven by a 25-year-old New Castle man, was traveling Walther Road northbound, proceeding through the intersection with Old Baltimore Pike, with a green light. A 2005, Chrysler Town and Country mini-van, being driven by James Hutchinson, 29, of Bear, was traveling Old Baltimore Pike westbound, and failed to stop at the red light at Walther Road, at which time the front end of his vehicle struck the right side of the bus, said Austin.

Hutchinson, along with a 21-year-old Wilmington woman, who was a front seat passenger in his vehicle, were both transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver, as well as the fourteen student passengers on the bus were uninjured. Neither impairment, nor improper driving is being considered a factor on behalf of the bus driver.

Hutchinson was charged with Disregarding a Red Light and Inattentive Driving.

Breaking Report

Newark – Just after 3:00 this afternoon crews from the Christiana Fire Company, along with Delaware State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Walther Road,  involving  a school bus, which was transporting children from Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.

Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle impacted the bus, becoming lodged underneath. It’s believe that one person was trapped in the vehicle for a short period of time.  The vehicle hit the bus so hard that if broke the axle of the bus.

None of the students on the bus were injured as a result of the crash. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle was transported to the Christiana Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


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