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Several Injured in Del. School Bus Accident

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TOWNSEND, Del.– Delaware State Police are investigating a Friday morning crash involving a school bus that left five students injured and put a Smyrna man in the hospital in critical condition.
 
Police said the crash occurred at approximately 7:55 a.m. when a 2007 International school bus stopped on the right shoulder of South DuPont Parkway (U.S. Route 13) by Main Drive in Townsend in order to allow students to board. Prior to the stop, no students were on the bus.
 
Troopers said that as the bus was stopped with its "STOP" sign displayed and red lights flashing, a 2003 Volvo XC90, which was traveling southbound, entered the shoulder and the front of the Volvo struck the rear of the bus. Police said the Volvo then ran off of the roadway, possibly striking one of the students who was preparing to board the bus.
 
Five students who were boarding or waiting to board the bus at the time of the crash were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries; one went to Christiana Hospital, one to A.I. duPont Hospital, and three to the Christiana Care Middletown Emergency Department. All were treated and have been released, or were expected to be released later Friday.
 
Police said the driver of the bus, Carol Shane, 43, of Townsend, was not injured. Investigators said the driver of the Volvo, Curtis Morris, 43, of Smyrna, was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.
 
The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this crash, and no charges have been filed. The cause of the Volvo leaving the travel lanes of the roadway has not been determined, but police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

 
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