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Update: 16 Students Sent to Hospital After 3 School Buses Crash in Bridgeville

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3 School buses crashed in a chain reaction in Bridgeville Thursday afternoon (Photo: Delaware State Police) 3 School buses crashed in a chain reaction in Bridgeville Thursday afternoon (Photo: Delaware State Police)
(Photo: Delaware State Police) (Photo: Delaware State Police)
BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - Delaware State Police say more than a dozen students were taken to the hospital Thursday after a crash involving three school buses in Bridgeville.

It happened around 4 p.m. Thursday on Adams Road near Newton Road. Master Corporal Gary Fournier says a preliminary investigation indicates three school buses were traveling north on Adams Road approaching Newton Road. As the first bus was coming to a slow stop due to icy conditions the third bus began sliding on the ice and struck the rear of the second bus which in turn struck the lead bus. All three buses were loaded with students from the Woodbridge School District ranging from 3rd to 5th grade, according to police.

Fournier says at least 16 children were transported by EMS to area hospitals where they were treated for minor non-life-threatening injuries.  The additional students were transported by other buses to Woodbridge Middle School where a reunification center was set up in the gymnasium to reunite the kids with their parents as well as conduct examinations by Sussex County Paramedics and local EMS, according to police.

Troopers are continuing the investigation into this incident.  Newton Road at Adams Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.  The bus drivers were not injured in the crash, according to police. No charges are forthcoming. 

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center began receiving calls regarding crashes throughout Sussex County, primarily due to hazardous road conditions caused by the wind-blown snow across the roadways.  As of 7:30 p.m, Delaware State Police say at least 51 collisions which includes eight that involved non-life-threatening injuries have been investigated by troopers since that time.

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