Multiple people, including a child, were seriously injured in a scary school bus accident in New Windsor Wednesday morning.
The accident involving a bus and a work truck happened just before 8:30 a.m. in the Orange County community, about 50 miles northwest of Manhattan, according to a statement from the town's deputy police chief. Police said the crash unfolded when a tree service truck crossed the center line and collided with the eastbound school bus.
Three people were hospitalized, Deputy Chief Michael Farbent said, including the bus driver, a truck driver and an elementary school student. Seven kids walked off the mangled bus under their own power and were seen at a hospital as a precautionary measure.
The Washingtonville Central School District, in a letter posted to its website, confirmed it was a bus for Little Britain Elementary School, near Stewart International Airport. County Executive Steve Neuhaus told News 4 that some of the injured had to be extricated from the bus.
It was not clear how many people were in the truck that collided with the bus. Police said that Flanagan Tree Service owned the truck, but attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.
Video from the scene showed a severely damaged bus, with heavy police and fire response and multiple ambulances.
This week is National School Bus Safety Week, according to the National Association for Pupil Transportation.