ILION, N.Y. – Ilion police say two cars collided before one of them hit a stopped Central Valley School District bus on Otsego Street Thursday.
The accident happened near the intersection of Otsego and Frederick streets, where a Birnie Bus, driven by 61-year-old Lori Dubia, was stopped facing southbound on Otsego Street.
Police say the initial two-car crash happened when a 17-year-old, from Mohawk, was turning left onto Otsego Street from Frederick Street in his 2009 Ford Focus. When the teen turned the corner, he was in the direct path of 58-year-old Linda Platts, of Ilion, who was driving a 2014 Hyundai Elantra. Police say Platts had the right of way driving northbound on Otsego Street when her car was hit.
After the initial impact, the front of the Ford Focus hit the bus and ended up wedged underneath it.
In addition to the Ilion Police Department, the Ilion Fire Department and Ilion ambulance responded to the scene. Birnie Bus personnel and faculty from the Central Valley Central School District came as well, including the school nurse and superintendent.
The school nurse and Ilion ambulance examined the bus driver and 15 students on board after the incident, and did not find any injuries.
Some students were released to parents at the accident scene and others were transferred onto another school bus to be driven home.
The school bus, which had sustained minor damage to the front bumper, was driven away from the scene by a Birnie Bus employee.
There was heavy damage to the other vehicles and both had to be towed from the accident scene. The vehicle drivers were both evaluated by the Ilion ambulance after complaining of chest pain, but declined to go to the hospital.
The 17-year-old was issued a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right of way, and will appear in the Village of Ilion Justice Court on Nov. 12.
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