Police Believe New Castle Head-on School Bus Incident Involved Unlicensed Adolescent Driver

On Wednesday afternoon, a vehicle collided head-on into a school bus, injuring numerous people, and police believe that a 16-year-old driver was behind the wheel without a valid license. On Thursday, emotions were still raw at Fox Lane High School where three students were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The accident occurred on Lake Road in the vicinity of Crow Hill Road in New Castle shortly after dismissal at around 2:15 p.m. The 16-year-old driver, who was accompanied by three passengers, was heading south on Lake Road when he or she lost control of the vehicle on a bend.

The Honda Accord veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a bus from the Yorktown School District. All four occupants of the car were seriously injured and rushed to Westchester Medical Center. Later reports identified them as four males, two aged 16 and two aged 17.

School Bus Crash in New Castle
School Bus Crash in New Castle

The lads, according to the police, were returning from a day of vocational training at the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES facility. A nurse who was in the parking lot aided in freeing the teenagers. Bleeding on the brain, fractured legs, and collapsed lungs are just a few of the severe ailments that three of the four are being treated for.

Two male kids aboard the school bus were taken to the hospital and treated; their ages were 15 and 17. In addition, a 69-year-old male bus monitor was seen, treated, and released. Both the bus driver (age 62) and the monitor (age 48) continue to get treatment for their non-life-threatening injuries.

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The crisis team from Bedford Central School District was helping pupils on Thursday. The attitude is a little muted compared to a normal day, but we’re attempting to carry on as normal, according to Bedford Schools Superintendent Robert Glass: “Obviously we’re very concerned, but we’re hopeful that the students do well and we’ll continue to send that positive energy.”

We are a really supportive community, and our message is that we are rooting for these students and are here for each other to help them get through this tough time together. The following statement was issued by the Yorktown School District:

We are praying for the safety of everyone involved in the tragic accident on Wednesday. We hope that the students, driver, and chaperones will all recover quickly. Since this is still an active police investigation, the District has no further comment at this time. The probe is still in progress.

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