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3 more school bus crashes reported; two collisions in Merrimack, one in Hudson on Tuesday

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

MERRIMACK - Three school buses, two in Merrimack and one in Hudson, were involved in collisions Tuesday less than a week after a Merrimack bus was rear-ended by a teenaged driver.

Both Merrimack buses, which serve middle and high school students, collided during their afternoon routes. ...

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MERRIMACK - Three school buses, two in Merrimack and one in Hudson, were involved in collisions Tuesday less than a week after a Merrimack bus was rear-ended by a teenaged driver.

Both Merrimack buses, which serve middle and high school students, collided during their afternoon routes.

In the first incident, which was reported at 2:38 p.m. at the intersection of Baboosic Lake and Turkey Hill roads, a school bus rear-ended a sedan that was taking a left turn, said Lt. Ted Dillon of the Merrimack Police Department.

Police say the other incident, reported at 2:51 p.m., involved a sedan rear-ending a bus turning left at the intersection of Regal and Spaulding drives.

Dillon said snowbanks may have played a factor in the second accident, and police are unlikely to press charges for either incident.

Matt Shevenell, assistant superintendent of business for the Merrimack School District, expressed relief both incidents were "very minor" and that no injuries were reported.

"Obviously safety is our No. 1 priority," Shevenell said. "The bus drivers are trained and trained very well, and they're screened. Obviously a set of circumstances come together where these incidents do happen."

During the Hudson collision, which authorities say occurred around 8:30 a.m., a sedan rear-ended a bus at the intersection of Webster Street and Elm Avenue.

Capt. Sean Mamone with the Hudson Fire Department said icy conditions may have played a role in the incident.

Attempts to reach Hudson Police or Hudson School District administrators Tuesday afternoon for further details were unsuccessful.

Last Wednesday, 17-year-old Spencer Brian, of Litchfield, rear-ended a Merrimack school bus on its afternoon route.

The Merrimack Police Department investigated the incident, and Brian received a ticket for negligent driving.

No criminal charges were pressed.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.