UPDATE: School Bus and Mini Van Collide in Orrington
A collision in Orrington between a loaded school bus and a mini van sent two people the hospital. Authorities say 38 children were on the bus and none of them were hurt. But the wreck did knock out power to about 1,000 customers.Part of Route 15, also known as the River Road, was closed for part of the day while crews dealt with the accident. Police say about 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon the driver of the school bus was pulling out of the driveway of Center Drive Elementary School to turn onto the River Road. They say it appears the bus driver failed to see a minivan and clipped the vehicle as it was heading south, sending it crashing into a utility pole. Two passengers in the minivan were taken to the hospital with what we’re told are non-life threatening injuries. The driver and another passenger were not hurt.Krystle Sisco, a witness to the accident and parent of one of the children, quickly checked on the kids. “The kids were absolutely fine – more thinking that the fire trucks and the police cruisers were cool and just wanted to know what was going on. But they were fine, from what I could tell. None of them were hurt, which was awesome. The driver of the van was very concerned, but they seemed to all be fine, besides a little shaken up.”Another bus was brought in to take the children home. Bangor Hydro said it could take about three hours to fix the utility pole and restore electricity.