Driver, student taken to hospital after school bus crashed into pole in Russell

Hampden County

One lane of Route 20 in Russell near the Huntington town line has reopened and the rest of the road continues to be closed after a school bus carrying students from the Littleville Elementary School crashed into a pole late Thursday afternoon.

State Police in Russell confirmed the accident with 22News and said Route 20 will be down to one lane for several hours. According to the Gateway Regional School District, 10 elementary school children were on the Lecrenski Bus when it went off the road near the Huntington town line. The accident happened at 1190 Huntington Road, in the area of Texon, around 3:36 p.m.The school district’s spokeswoman, Wendy Long, told 22News there were no apparent serious injuries but one student was taken to Baystate Medical Center by ambulance for further evaluation.

Westfield Fire Deputy Chief Eric Bishop confirmed that a school bus driver was also taken to the hospital. Huntington Police said Thursday night, the two people taken to the hospital suffered non-life threatening injuries from the accident.Westfield fire officials were called in to assist as necessary with a command vehicle, rescue truck and ambulance service. The remaining students were taken back to Littleville Elementary School where they received further screening by emergency services personnel before being released to their parents from the school.

All the students who were on the bus at the time of the accident attend Littleville Elementary School and all parents were notified. The school’s Principal, Megan Coburn, was at the location of the accident after it was reported.​​​​​​​There are wires still down across the roadway. The pole that was hit is said to be owned by Verizon.

Replacement is expected to take several hours.

State Police along with fire and police personnel from Russell, Huntington, Westfield, Chester, Beckett, and Northampton were among the several departments that assisted with the bus vs. pole accident.

State Police investigators are trying to determine how the accident occurred.


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