Car Hits Bus Head On and Sends 34 Students to the Hospital for Evaluation

This article was published on: 03/7/17 6:20 PM by Mike Minarsky

At 6:39am Tuesday morning, an accident occurred in Canterbury involving a school bus and a car that collided head on. The car, a 2014 Cadillac ATS Luxury was travelling north on South Canterbury Road which is Route 169. The school bus was travelling south on the same road. The Cadillac crossed the center line and struck the school bus head on and both vehicles sustained disabling damage. The operator of the the Cadillac, 30 year old Justin Rice of Ledyard sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. At the time, the bus was transporting 34 students to school. At first, 5 students reported minor injuries as a result of the collision. All 34 students were taken to Backus Hospital for evaluation and treatment. The students that did not claim an injury were still brought to the hospital as a precaution. The Superintendent of Canterbury Schools was on the scene and the parents of the students were advised of the incident. Griswold parents were notified via text message as well as a robo-call announcement of the incident. Griswold High School Principal, Erin Palonen, was on hand at Backus Hospital to assist parents with the situation. The Bus Driver, 59 year old Patricia Avery of Moosup stated to State Police that the Cadillac crossed over the median. Rice, was extricated from the Cadillac and was unable to provide a statement at the time of the accident.

The students were from GHS and Norwich Tech


PHOTO CREDIT:  Heidi Voight, NBC 30 WVIT

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