Three students injured, one critically, after Wolcott bus hits tree

WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH)–Three special needs students were injured, one critically, after a bus crashed into a tree in Wolcott on Monday afternoon, according to police.

A bus monitor was injured as well, and was transported to the hospital.

The accident happened around 2:45 p.m. Monday on Todd Road in Wolcott. The bus, which was coming from Tyrell Middle School, swerved and struck a tree on that road. It came to rest further down the road.

Several neighbors heard the accident and came running out to help. Lee Santopietro sprinted up the street after he saw the bus crumpled and the children screaming.

“It definitely looked like a scene from the movies,” Santropietro said. “I have never seen anything like it. I just kept thinking I’ve got to get the blood stopped.”

Police said there were two witnesses following behind the school bus. One of them was an off-duty Waterbury firefighter paramedic, who went to work on two patients in serious condition.

Santopietro said he helped the paramedic the best he could.

“I gave the paramedic my shirt and he put it on the students, to try and stop the bleeding and also the aid on the ground,” he said.

All three students and the monitor were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, but doctors called life star to fly the student with the head wound to the trauma unit at Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford.

Chief Edwards Stephens of the Wolcott Police Department said that because they are special needs, students every student on the bus had on a seat belt.

He said they will be looking at everything to see what caused this accident. They have the bus driver’s cell phone, and they are going to get a subpoena to see whether or not he was texting while driving.

They will also be looking at other factors to see what might have caused the accident.

Police said the driver reported that he swerved off the road to avoid an oncoming car that and crossed the center line.

The central Naugutuck Valley Accident reconstruction team is currently investigating.

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