Motorcyclist dies in accident involving school bus in Wales

Hampden County

WALES, Mass. (WWLP) – A motorcyclist from Connecticut has died after an accident with a school bus in Wales Wednesday afternoon.

According to State Police Spokesperson David Procopio, police were called to an accident with a school bus and motorcycle in the area of 86 Stafford Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A 53-year-old man from Connecticut operating the 2004 Yamaha R1 motorcycle died in the accident.

The school bus was carrying around 30 children at the time of the accident. Procopio said no one on the bus was injured in the accident. The bus driver and children were medically assessed by EMS crews.

Superintendent Erin Nosek sent 22News the following statement:

“Yesterday afternoon we were notified by the Wales Police and Fire Departments that there had been a serious accident involving one of our school buses and a motorcycle. All of the children on the bus were transported back to school and were examined by EMTs. It was determined that there were a few children with some bumps or bruises but that there were no serious student injuries. Families and children were reunited at the school, and the administration was available to answer any parent questions. There was counseling and support staff available at the school today, should any students or families need these services.”

Superintendent Erin Nosek

An early investigation revealed that the motorcycle was driving northbound on Stafford Road and the bus was driving southbound. Both vehicles collided at the intersection of Stafford Road and Ainsworth Hill Road.

Wales police called for medical assistance from Wales, Holland and Brimfield EMS, as well as Sturbridge police and State Police Troopers. Wales and State Police will continue to investigate the accident.

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