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    Friday, May 24, 2024

    Students safe after 3-vehicle crash involving school bus in Stonington

    First responders clean up and investigate the site of an accident involving a school bus at the intersection of Jeremy Hill Road/Taugwonk Road and Route 184 in Stonington Monday May 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    First responders clean up and investigate the site of an accident involving a school bus at the intersection of Jeremy Hill Road/Taugwonk Road and Route 184 in Stonington Monday May 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Stonington ― Seven students escaped injury when the bus they were riding in was involved in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Jeremy Hill Road, Taugwonk Road and Route 184 on Monday afternoon.

    Stonington Police Department Deputy Chief Todd Olson said the bus driver was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital by ambulance for evaluation. The parents who arrived to collect their children at the scene all declined treatment.

    Olson said the impact occurred around 4:07 p.m. while the bus was stopped on Jeremy Hill Road at the Route 184 intersection. A white SUV was attempting to pull onto the state road from the opposite side of the intersection on Taugwonk Road when the vehicle collided with a black pickup truck traveling west. The collision caused the truck to strike the bus.

    The occupants of the two vehicles also declined treatment, according to Olson.

    A white Hyundai Kona SUV and a black Ford Ranger pickup truck were seen being loaded onto a tow truck around 4:55 p.m. while firefighters from Wequetequock Volunteer Fire Department cleaned debris from the road.

    A First Student representative at the scene declined to comment.

    Olson acknowledged sight line issues coming out of Taugwonk Road and said there has been a history of crashes at the intersection “over the years.”

    He said police have been talking to officials with the state Department of Transportation about replacing the flashing red light with a full traffic signal.

    Stonington Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Theresa Hersh said the ambulance company was joined by Mystic River Ambulance and the fire department.

    e.regan@theday.com

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