Several people seriously injured in bus crash on Route 24 in Berkley


State Police are investigating after several people were seriously hurt in a school bus crash on Route 24 in Berkley.

According to State Police spokesman David Procopio, a school bus carrying parents and children headed back to Rhode Island went off the road and into the woods just before 10 p.m. Saturday night but remained upright.

Twenty-five people were on the bus and several were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Procopio said one child who was seriously injured was initially taken to Rhode Island Hospital, but later transferred to a Boston hospital for additional treatment.

As of Sunday night many of those who were seriously injured remained hospitalized. 

Both the bus and another passenger car were traveling South at around 9:45 p.m. when for reasons still under investigation they lost control, went off the road to the right, and ended up in the woods. 

The driver of that car, 27-year-old Christy Gilpatrick of Rhode Island, was arrested for operating under the influence.

Procopio said so far police have made no determination as to whether Gilpatrick played any role in causing the crash.

Gilpatrick is expected to be arraigned Monday in the Taunton District Court. 

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