The bus crashed into the front porch of the home and a tree before coming to a rest. (Photo: WBOC)
The school bus is shown being towed from the scene of Wednesday morning's crash in Camden. (Photo: WBOC)
CAMDEN, Del.- Authorities say a school bus driver died and three children on board were injured after the bus veered off the road and crashed into a Camden home early Wednesday morning.
Police identified the bus driver as Willie H. Warren, 70, of Camden.
Camden police said that at around 7:35 a.m., the bus- with approximately 40 children on board- was en route to the Fred Fifer III Middle School in Camden when it crossed the southbound lane of South Main Street and sideswiped a utility pole on the west side of the road. The bus then continued for approximately 90 feet where it crashed into the front porch of the home and a tree before coming to a rest, investigators said.
A firefighter from the Robbins Hose Company in Dover, who was travling southbound on South Main Street, witnessed the crash and noticed the driver, Willis Warren, appeared to be in medical distress. The fireman removed him from the bus and determined he was in cardiac distress and began CPR, according to police.
Camden police and Delaware State Police troopers arrived on the scene and assisted with CPR until Camden-Wyoming firefighters and Kent County paramedics arrived. Warren was transported to Kent General Hospital in Dover where he later died. The cause of death will be determined by the Delaware Medical Examiner's Office.
One student aboard the bus was transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital and two other children were taken to the hospital by family members. Police said the injuries to the three students appear to be minor. The other students on board the bus were transported to Fifer III Middle School by another bus, according to investigators.
The DSP Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting the Camden Police Department with the investigation.
Police said the school bus belonged to Hiltons Bus Service, located in Camden.
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