STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A school bus carrying 42 middle school students crashed into a Stamford home around 12:25 Friday afternoon, police say.
According to police, nine of those children were taken to Stamford Hospital for evaluation after complaining of minor injuries.
Officials say the bus was in the exit driveway of Turn of River Middle School, approaching the light at Vine Road, when it hit a pickup truck turning left onto Vine Road. They say the bus then continued out of the driveway, crossed Vine Road, jumped the sidewalk, hit a utility pole, and crashed into the porch on front of a home.
Police say the crash was not weather related, and the bus driver, 35-year-old Diana Morris-Scott, told them the bus suffered a mechanical failure. The Department of Motor Vehicles seized the bus and is inspecting it.
First Student has suspended Morris-Scott, and she has been “temporarily disqualified” from transporting Stamford public school students, according to officials. The bus company says it is normal to remove a driver from service when an incident like this occurs, and the suspension is not considered disciplinary.
No charges have been filed, but the incident is still under investigation.