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Speedway racer dead after crash involving school bus, pickup truck in Norwich

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NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — One man is dead after a pickup truck struck a school bus and several other cars on West Town Street on Monday afternoon.

Norwich Police said that several 911 calls were made around 4 p.m. Monday regarding a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus.

According to witnesses, the operator of the pickup truck appeared to be having a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle.

The truck turned sharply and struck a school bus and several other vehicles. The truck came to rest in the parking lot of a Global Gas Station.

Police later identified the truck driver as 78-year-old Robert Potter.

Police report that Potter was extricated from the vehicle by fire crews and transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Potter was the only reported injury. Police reported Tuesday that he died following the incident.

In a social media post Wednesday, the Stafford Speedway said in a tribute post of Potter, “For over 6 decades, Bob has been a true representative of the sport. The Stafford Speedway racing community has lost a great hero.”

Norwich police said that though the crash appears to be medical in nature, they will be investigating.

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