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Officials Declare Bus Crash Mass Casualty Incident



    Bus Full of Kids, Parents Crashes in Woods

    One person is under arrest following the crash. (Published Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018)

    Massachusetts State Police say they have arrested the driver of a car involved in a school bus crash after determining that she was under the influence of alcohol.

    Authorities have not released the driver's identity. Whether the driver's impairment caused the crash remains to be determined.

    State police responded to a school bus crash with injuries on Route 24 southbound. The accident is south of exit 11 in Berkley.

    Taunton police announced that the crash prompted a mass casualty incident to be declared.

    According to State Police, 25 people, ranging in age from adult to young children, were on the bus. The bus went off the road into the right shoulder into the woods. It didn't roll over.

    A passenger car also went off the road. The female driver was not injured. The role of that driver in the crash is still under investigation.

    Two adults were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. All occupants are accounted for and no other transports are believed to be serious injuries, police said. They were transported with minor injuries or for precautionary reasons.

    Multiple ambulances are transporting victims to Charlton and Morton Hospitals, police said.

    Route 24 is shut down and will be for some time. Vehicles are being detoured off the highway at exit 11.

    According to state police, the bus contained parents and children who were returning to Tiverton, Rhode Island from LaSalette Shrine in North Attleboro.

    This article will be updated as more information is made available.

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