Automobile Rear-Ends School Bus Near Lions Mini-Park; Low-Speed Collision Yields Little in Terms of Passenger Injuries
This afternoon, shortly after dismissal at BMS and RHS, a passenger vehicle rear-ended a Total Transportation school bus on the way home. Student passengers were on board both vehicles. The collision occurred at the intersection of North Park Road and Trinity Place, adjacent to the Lions Mini-Park.
Thanks to the low-speed collision, there was little damage to the school bus, although significantly more damage to the passenger vehicle. Passengers in the car, as well as the students on the bus, were checked out by Mrs. Costakis, the BMS/RHS school nurse, with EMT staff on hand to assist. Injuries were very few and relatively minor, such that no passengers required medical attention at the scene or required transport to the hospital.
Most students were transferred to another school bus, which proceeded to CLS and then on to the bus ride home. Several students were picked up by parents or designated adults.
Members of the Rhinebeck police department and the Rhinebeck fire department, including EMT personnel, were dispatched to the scene. They were of invaluable assistance, along with members of the school district staff, in sorting out the incident, checking and processing students according to District and emergency services protocols, and getting students on their way. Many thanks to the quick and efficient response of all our local first responders.
The parents/guardians of student passengers were each contacted to make them aware of what had transpired and to let them know that their children had been checked by the school nurse and emergency staff.