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Pickup hits school bus, sending 3 passengers to hospital

No students on board

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Truck hit bus and landed in field off Gill Rd in Bernardston.<br/>
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Truck hit bus and landed in field off Gill Rd in Bernardston.<br/>

BERNARDSTON — An accident between a school bus and a pickup sent three to the hospital Tuesday morning.

No students were on the school bus, which was struck by a Dodge dual-wheel pickup on Turners Falls Road just past 9 a.m. Instead, the bus was full of other bus drivers, six in all.

They were being shuttled from Pioneer Valley Regional School, where they’d left their buses, to F.M. Kuzmeskus bus company in Gill, where their personal vehicles were kept, according to Bernardston Police Chief James Palmeri.

He said this is a routine part of the day for the bus drivers.

As the bus drove south on Turners Falls Road, said Palmeri, the pickup, driven by Joseph Williams, 63, of Gill, was driving west on Gill Road through the intersection, and collided with the bus.

“It appears that Mr. Williams went through the stop sign, didn’t yield for the bus, and ran into it,” said Palmeri.

Both vehicles suffered front-end damage, and had to be towed, said Palmeri.

Northfield Emergency Services and Baystate Health Ambulance both responded to the scene.

Bus passengers Cheryl Neff and Cindy Scully, were taken to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, where they were treated and released.

Williams was admitted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon.

Palmeri said Williams will likely be cited for failure to use care when starting.

David Rainville can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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