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    Arrest Made After School Bus Crashes in Berkley

    Authorities say this is the second time Christy Gilpatrick has been charged with operating under the influence. (Published Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018)

    A bus crash in Berkley, Massachusetts that left many passengers with injuries is now leading to a lawsuit.

    Tiffany Briere, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, is suing Christy Gilpatrick, of Warren, who was driving the car involved in the accident.

    Briere and her 11-year-old daughter were hurt in the crash. She had serious injuries, including a gash in her head that required over 150 staples and a concussion. Briere's daughter had a fractured elbow and internal injuries, including a concussion.

    Briere has been released from the hospital and is recovering.

    At least half a dozen passengers from the bus crash remain in the hospital.

    Authorities say Gilpatrick, who was discovered to be under the influence at the time of the crash, caused the accident.

    She was arrested and charged with her second OUI.

    According to police, Gilpatrick hit another car while traveling on Route 24 in Berkley and spun in front of the bus, sending both vehicles off the highway and into the woods.

    The school bus was carrying a total of 23 passengers that included the drier, adults and children. Several passengers suffered serious injuries while others sustained minor injuries. State police said the passengers ranged in age from infants to elders.

    The passengers were First Student employees and their loved ones who went on a company trip to La Salette Shrine in Attleboro.

    Lawyer Brian Cunha is representing Briere in court.

    The bus company has not commented on the incident.

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