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Police: Cranston Teen Caused Route 4 Bus Crash

A 17-year-old Cranston driver allegedly veered into a Providence recreation department bus, causing it to crash on Route 4 Monday afternoon.

Monday’s bus crash on Route 4 in East Greenwich was apparently triggered when a teen driver hit the blue bus, officials say. According to the Providence Journal, a 17-year-old Cranston driver veered into the left-front side of the bus.

Captain Frank Castellone of the Rhode Island State Police said the teenager and another youth were in a 1999 Acura on Route 4 around 3:10 p.m. Monday when the crash occurred. According to Castellone, officials are unsure why the driver veered right.

The bus from Providence’s recreation department was carrying 32 passengers, the majority of which was elementary school aged students returning from a field trip to Newport. After it was struck by the Cranston driver’s Acura, the bus went over a guardrail, down an embankment before hitting a tree.

All occupants were brought to area hospitals, but officials said that only the driver — who was ejected from the bus — was seriously injured.

Grace byrne April 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
So please tell me were the children wearing seatbelts ?
Joyce Maxwell April 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I've never seen a seatbelt on a school bus. Do they even have them now???
Golden April 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I don't think school buses have sest belts! Hope everyone recovers soon!
Golden April 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Seat*
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I know I never saw a seat belt on any school bus when I was a schoolboy. It looks like it's a fairly heated debate and not many states require school buses to have seat belts. There are arguments on both sides of the issue.

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