Terrifying moments for students after an early morning bus crash on north main street in Ansonia.
Jaime Brickett said, “we were kind of going down one of the streets and someone was turning and they didn’t stop at the stop sign and kept driving and went through the front, the front part.” There were ten students on the bus. Brickett added, “I was in the front seat in front of the driver so my whole body hit the seat and fell down.”
The bus was on its way to the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven. Police say a distracted driver using his cell phone crashed into the bus. Some were sent to the hospital to be checked out. One child had minor cuts. Brickett added, “I’m still shaking. It’s pretty bad. We all kind of felt like the whole bus shift forward and when I looked up the whole front part of the bus was split open.”
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Allyson Welch told News 8, “The police officer called me at work and they told me to come down they wouldn’t release the child unless they had a parent come down. they had doctors from Yale come down and check all the kids out.” State Representative Tony Guerrera who co-chairs the transportation Committee has advocated for seat belts on school buses.
Guerrera added, “Every child that puts their child on a school bus wants to make sure that their child comes home safely.” He said it has been an ongoing debate for years. The question is the cost … retrofitting old busses with seat belts and there’s also the liability factor. “We have heard this through testimonies from people. How do you monitor it? How do you get these kids to put them on? God forbid there’s an accident of the school bus flips over and catches on fire how do we get them off in a timely manner to make sure we save all the kids?” said Guerrera.