Driver hits Central Square school bus, hospitalized with 'life threatening' injuries

No students were injured

CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The driver who struck a Central Square school bus has been hospitalized with 'life threatening' injuries, according to State Police.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Barker Road and Shanty Creek Road.

The driver is in critical condition at Upstate hospital. He had to be extricated from the vehicle. 

Around 20 elementary students were on the bus. 

Neither the bus driver nor the students were injured in the crash. 

Thomas Colabufo, the school's superintendent, issued the following statement: 

"All the students were examined by medical personnel and by our school nurse. Three students reported that they bumped their heads on their seat or the side of their window, so their parents were contacted immediately and they chose to pick their children up. Those students were of course looked at further by medical personnel and were deemed to be fine. They each reported that they felt fine shortly before their parents arrived. I am so proud of how our bus driver responded to the incident as he kept our students calm while they waited for the 911 responders. We had several teachers and PTO members, as well as the Principal, from Hastings-Mallory Elementary School arrive immediately which the students greatly appreciated seeing familiar faces. Our Director of Transportation and Assistant Director of Transportation also immediately arrived at the scene and proceeded to make sure all students' needs were being met. I appreciate the team effort that took place today to make sure our students' needs were met and that they were all comfortable." 

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