Car Collides With Elementary School Bus, Causes Delay

No injuries reported by students and drivers in the accident.


Gallup Hill Elementary school students riding on bus #26 had to be late to school this morning when a car, driven by William Goodrich, of 15 Hamilton Way, backed into the bus as it was approaching a stop.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision. In fact, all the youngsters were bubbling with excitement and eager to have their photos taken.

There were approximately 25 students on the bus. A handful of fifth graders were retrieved and escorted to school by a PTO member so that they could leave with their class for a 9 a.m. field trip to Slater Mill.

Evelyn Morales, a representative for the bus company, said the driver was slowing down for a stop, saw the car backing up the driveway and beeped the horn.

Goodrich’s next door neighbor, who was waiting at that bus stop with her two daughters, said she heard the horn but it was barely audible because a large truck was passing by.

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The only damage to the bus that could be seen was that a rear lens was broken. Goodrich’s car had damage to the back bumper.

K Kelly April 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I have to agree with Frances. My child rides that bus as well. We are also neighbors of the driver. He is fantastic with the children! I never once have had any concern of my child riding that bus. I am very thankful that everyone involved was safe. It truly was the best possible outcome!
S April 25, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Once again, examples please. You have a lot of beliefs with out any thing to back them up.
Gary April 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I ride bus 26 and so does my sister. Mr. Kevin our bus drive was very good with the situation and made sure that everybody was ok and kept us calm. I feel bad for the drive because of how upset he was. Lucky it was just a fender bender. I don't understand what Tom and S are talking about. What does it have to do with the bus accident. None of us kids asked for trophies.
Jessie King April 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Gary, thank you so much for writing. The compassion you’ve expressed for Mr. Goodrich and Mr. Kevin is refreshing in its maturity and your point of view is very much appreciated.
Nick Vassallo April 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I was at the scene of this incident as a volunteer emergency responder and this incident was handled in an extremely calm and professional manner by all parties involved and whom responded to the accident. Although there we no injuries we treat every accident scene with the same precautions to ensure everyones safety. The Ledyard fire, ambulance and police departments as well as officials from the school were all on scene and all the students acted as very polite and collected individuals. I commend Gary for his response and back his assessment of the incident 100%.


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