Vehicle Hits School Bus; Driver Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

Collision took place Wednesday morning in New Gloucester, Maine


A man is suffering from life-threatening injuries after a vehicle crashed into a school bus in New Gloucester, Maine.

The bus driver and the 10 students that were on board are OK, but the driver of the other vehicle is seriously injured.

Police say the middle-aged man was taken by Life Flight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The school bus was traveling on Route 231 to the Dunn Elementary School in Gray.

The driver of the other vehicle went into the other lane, hitting the school bus head-on, according to police.

The cause of the accidents remains under investigation at this time. Police have taken blood samples to figure out if drugs or alcohol were involved.

"All we know is that he was in the oncoming lane, so it's unclear whether there was a medical event or if there was a distraction, or if drugs or alcohol were involved," says Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

"They were obviously anxious. One of the students was pretty upset and concerned with the bus driver, making sure the bus driver was OK. And, that's why we asked our guidance staff, especially for the K through 4 level, and social workers, to really deploy to the Dunn School to be there for assistance," says Superintendent Bruce Beasley.

The students were taken back to the school. They have the option of meeting with counselors or going home for the day.

Route 231 will be closed until investigators finish the accident reconstruction.

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