Bus damaged in Monday collision

15 years ago
By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE – Slick road conditions Monday afternoon are being blamed for an afternoon collision involving a plow truck and a loaded SAD 1 school bus. 

    “On Dec. 21 at approximately 3:15 p.m. the Presque Isle Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Church and Dudley streets involving an SAD 1 school bus carrying 36 students,” said Sgt. Joey Seeley, PIPD.
    The 1998 International school bus, driven by Steven Smith, 48, of Mapleton, was traveling west on Church St. at the time of the accident. A 1997 GMC 1500 pick-up truck with a plow attachment, operated by Eric Martin, 34, of Presque Isle, was traveling south on Dudley St., said Seeley.
    “In addition to the driver, the bus was carrying 36 students,” added Seeley.
    Seeley said road conditions were slippery at the time of the incident.
    “Mr. Martin attempted to stop at the stop sign at the Church St. intersection. His vehicle started sliding on the snow-covered roadway as he tried to stop. Martin’s vehicle slid out into the intersection and struck the side of the school bus,” said Seeley.
    Smith and Martin were both wearing seatbelts and were not injured. Two students on the bus reported having minor injuries. Their status was not available at presstime.
    “All students were transferred from the disabled bus to another one shortly after the collision,” Seeley said.
    Martin’s vehicle sustained about $100 in damage; the bus received approximately $4,000 in damage.
    “Martin’s truck was operational and was driven from the scene. The bus had to be towed by Bernier’s Wrecker Service out of Mapleton,” Seeley said.
    No charges are pending.
    Assisting Seeley at the scene were Patrolman Brian McQuarrie, Crown Ambulance and members of the Presque Isle Fire Department.