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School bus driver, aide hurt in Newtown Twp. crash

The bus was headed to pick up students with disabilities and special needs when it ran into a broken-down bix truck.

School bus driver, aide hurt in Newtown Twp. crash

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A school bus heading to pick up summer-school students with disabilities and special needs crashed into a broken-down truck in Newtown Township on Thursday afternoon, injuring the driver and adult monitor.

The 20-passenger bus was heading east on the Newtown Bypass just after 2 p.m., when it hit a concrete bridge wall, police said. The bus then “rode the guardrail” about 20 yards and crashed into the back of a furniture truck, police said.

The impact collapsed the front of the bus, trapping the driver. Rescue workers cut her out, and she was taken by helicopter to an area hospital. The aide also was hospitalized. The women’s names and conditions were not available.

The women work for the First Student transportation company, based in Cincinnati, which provides busing for several districts in Bucks County. The bus was contracted by Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22, to take students to and from Benjamin Rush Elementary School in Bensalem, said JoAnn Perotti, IU director of student services.

The driver of the box truck, Alfonso Rodriguez, and a passenger, Israel Jimenez, were not hurt.

Jimenez said the truck had just broken down on the four-lane bypass around Newtown Borough, and was parked on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes when the bus crashed into it. They had been making deliveries for Mealey’s Furniture and were headed to the company’s Morrisville warehouse, Jimenez said.            

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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