Fire officials say gusty winds and drifting snow contributed to the morning collision between a bus load of Derry kindergartners and a passing car.
A Ford Explorer rounding a curve at the intersection of Lawrence and Island Pond roads slid into the front side of the school bus just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, said Derry fire Lt. Derek Lunberg.
All four people inside the sports-utility vehicle — two adults, a young child and an infant — were transported from the scene to Parkland Medical Center in Derry as a precaution, Lunberg said. None was seriously injured, he said.
The 15 kindergarten students aboard the bus were also unharmed, he said, though stuck for about half an hour in a snow bank while they waited for another bus to come and take them home. “Spirits are high,” said Lunberg at the scene Thursday morning. “The kids were all singing on the bus and they were excited to see the firefighters.”
Superintendent Mary Ellen Hannon and other school officials went to the scene Thursday morning to wait with the children.
“The kids did a great job,” Hannon said. “They were all doing what they were supposed to do, sitting and singing. There was not one tear.” -- By Chelsey Pollock