A school bus transporting children to Georgia Elementary and Middle School crashed this morning, injuring one student, Vermont State Police said.
The bus, driven by Brian Kelly, 72, of Swanton, was heading east on Silver Lake Road in Georgia when police said it left the roadway and landed on the passenger side.
Twelve students were on board; one student, age 12, was transported to University of Vermont Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
VSP and the Department of Motor Vehicles responded to the crash around 7:30 this morning. Following emergency protocol, the driver and students had exited the bus before police arrived on scene, a press release said.
The roads were clear this morning, and police don’t suspect speed, alcohol or medical conditions caused the crash, which is still under investigation.
“Accidents happen,” Franklin West Supervisory Union superintendent Ned Kirsch said. “When I heard the news on my way to work, I was as scared as anyone else … Thank God no one was seriously injured.”
Kirsch said troopers told school officials the accident was slow speed, left no skid marks on the road and that a bus wheel went into a ditch, causing it to roll onto its side.
“Bus drivers have to look back and look at everybody,” Kirsch said. “I guess [Kelly] did that for half a second, and it’s a pretty thin road in that spot.”
Kirsch said parents were contacted immediately, and paramedics examined all students at the scene. Some went to school and will be checked on again at lunch today, he added.
Kelly is employed full time by Terricel Transit, the Swanton bus company Georgia uses for student transportation. Terricel owner Mike Begnoche confirmed Kelly was a substitute this morning for the regular bus route driver.