September 26, 2012

School bus, commercial truck collide in Brunswick

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick School District bus, loaded with students from nearby Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, collided Wednesday afternoon with a pickup truck owned by the Maine Natural Gas Corp.

Lt. Todd Ridlon said none of the schoolchildren aboard the bus were injured but the driver of the pickup truck, 41-year-old Jason Bowie of Durham, was taken to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The students were being transported to an athletic event around  3:25 p.m. when the crash occurred at McKeen Street and Baribeau Drive ą a short distance from the town’s new elementary school.

The school district arranged for a second bus to transport the students back to the school where they were picked up by their parents.

Brunswick police identified the bus driver as 69-year-old Eugene Gagne of Brunswick. Gagne was not injured.

No charges have been filed against either driver. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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