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Bus Carrying Boutwell Students Involved in Tuesday Crash

Though children were on board during the Tuesday incident, no injuries were reported.

A Wilmington school bus with students on board was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Tuesday morning, though all involved escaped injury.

According to Wilmington Police Lt. Brian Pupa, the bus backed into a motor vehicle that was in the roadway in front of 62 Boutwell Street, causing damage. Pupa said there were no injuries, and no one was transported to the hospital after the crash.

Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton confirmed that students were on the bus when the collision occurred.

Benton added that she arrived on scene just after the accident.

“A kind neighbor was on the bus with the students when I arrived,” said Benton. “I stayed with the students until another bus came.”

Once the new bus arrived, students boarded and continued on to . Benton notified parents about the incident on Tuesday morning. 

Jamie Bornstein September 04, 2012 at 06:49 PM
As if the first day of Kindergarten isn't nerve racking enough the poor kids had to be involved in an accident, thank god no one was hurt!
Townie September 04, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I am glad no one was hurt, but ehy in the world was a "kind neighbor" on the bus? I though we had a clear policy about who can be on the bus. As a parent I do not want anyone else on my childs bus. Even a parent has to have a cori check.
Enough already September 05, 2012 at 12:19 AM
In the midst of an accident with several children involved children, the neighbor I'm sure got on the bus afterwards to assist. Let's take it easy and not just spew negativity immediately.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The bus driver, a school employee or a police/fire worker can be on the bus. As a parent of one of these children I do not want any unauthorized people on that bus. So much for a secure environment.
Steve H September 05, 2012 at 03:16 AM
So much for people helping others, u are typical of what is wrong with this town, coming from someone who grew up here.
maureen September 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I agree! what's wrong with helping out children that are scared. Give me a break!
Townie September 05, 2012 at 12:44 PM
There is a lot wrong morons. That is the role of the police who responded instantly. Backed into a car and let an unauthorized person on the bus. Thankfully the bus co is taking action and rightfully so.
webmom September 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I'm glad there are people who help when they see there is something wrong. Some people think it's better to stand around and watch, that is not a nice place to be.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Hmmmmm. Want to act?- call the police and know your role. The bus driver should have never opened the door. It was a fender bender at best with no injuries thankfully.
webmom September 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
It has nothing to do with 'wanting to act'...it's just about 'being human'. Yes, 30 people can call the police and stand around, or someone can reach out and look at a child's face and ask if they're ok, if they need something, or just want to hold their hand. My role is that of a human being, my first instinct when I see someone fall, etc., is to reach out to try to comfort or help them. A little girl fell at the park the other day and (surprise) I asked if she was ok, and gave her my hand to help her up, she smiled, and was on her way. A little simple human kindness is not that difficult nor should it be construed as something evil or wrong. I realize there are people that are afraid of human touch or contact in this litigious fearful society, but I choose not to act that way.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
If you want a complete stranger coming into contact with your kindergarten aged kid good for you. At the park when the other parent is also there to either allow or deny permission - big difference. The school bus is supposed to have the same protocol and security as the school at all times. Do you wonder why you can not just stroll into the school without significant security measures? Same deal as the bus. This world is full of psychos who do crazy things. I am comfortable with my child under supervision of the school and bus staff. They have no right to waiver from the agreed to terms without notice. Zero tolerance. Never mind the fact it was not an emergency and no one was injured. Without bus seat belts, it is a good thing they were not injured. That is time for litigation. Thankfully the bus co agrees.
TimCon September 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Townie...say your child was on the bus and suffered an injury that needed immediate attention. In a perfect world , the medical personnell arive within seconds and help the child. But what if the child was bleeding profusely and needed pressure applied to stop the bleeding immediately....that is where people help out..It happens everyday around the world. What if this happened in an area where medical personnel did not arrive in time...say because of traffic or rural area. Should the driver not let anyone on to help and let the child suffer...What if the bystander is in the medical profession? You worry about stranger danger when you should be worried about the caring person who helped out. Sure there are bad people in the world, but at some instances you need to use your brains....unlike what your doing in your posts....If you are so insecure in this town then it is time to find another one so you can become an extownie.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
You just proved my point with all of these what if's. Not one apply to this situation. Much like if you see a car wreck and no one is around. You do not move the person unless the car is on fire etc... This is mot my opinion alone. It happens to be a strict set of rules that exist due to the egregious conduct of others. J will assume you have no legal background and that is fine. Any neighbor or person in general was not needed to respond for anything more than a witness report to the PD. Like many towns we have sex offenders and others living amongst us. Level 2 is not even published publicly. The only thing to do is follie protocol and err on the side of caution. No unauthorized people will be allowed to step on a bus short of a major catastrophe. If you dont like that keep your kid off the bus
LauraF September 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Good for the neighbor! For those who think they should not have helped, your paranoia will frighten the children more than the accident!
Townie September 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I am grateful the appropriate people have taken the proper steps to address this. Very unlikely that it would happen again. NRT was very helpful in this matter.
TBav September 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Hey Townie, if you don't like the idea of people helping people, specifically people helping make sure 5 years olds were ok and not afraid after an accident, then maybe YOU should keep your kid off the bus. Chill out, the neighbor was obviously not going to abduct anyone. I agree with Laura above, your paranoia is scarier than the accident!
Townie September 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
These rules exist because of fools like you. Thank God they do exist. Same reason CORI checks are necessary. No one gets the benefit of the doubt in 2012.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I am just happy that your opinions mean nothing and now the drivers will not be letting anyone on again who doesn't belong.
webmom September 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
"moron's" "fools" "no one gets the benefit of the doube" "zero tolerance"...wow, angry much? I suppose the only good thing about not letting anyone on the bus means it won't allow you, which is the best reason of all. Seriously, get some anger management counseling and add paranoia counseling as well. Not everyone around you is a big bad boogey man.
BAK September 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Dear Townie...Why don't you just home-school your child so they don't become a moron like you seem to think everyone else in the town is! Just be sure to get a tutor in grammar because yours is atrocious!
Matt Schooley (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Townie, I have removed two of your comments because I deemed that they crossed the line. Let's please try to keep things civil in the discussion. Thanks you. Matt
Nurse Kay September 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Does anybody know the name of the "kind neighbor"? I'm just curious if is was Mr. Wilhelm Sr, Marcus Trujillo, Robert Simmons, William Perry, Thomas Coconis, or any of the other sex offenders living or working in Wilmington. Perhaps it was one of the "interesting" characters who walks Boutwell St. daily scaring the children.
Townie September 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thank you Nurse Kay. Sometimes an ounce of prevention.... No reason to bend a rule especially with a bus full of 5 and 6 year olds! No prob Matt, just doing your job.
Proud Parent September 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Honestly, my son wasn't on that bus and I am not sure how I would feel about a stranger being let on the bus he was on. Then again I almost followed it to school yesterday, so I coiuld have been the inocemt person let on the bus. Everyone is safe and we should just be happy for that,
Nurse Kay September 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
We live in a town with many sex offenders. The towns around us also have quite a few sex offenders. Many of our residents are not listed because they're still serving time for their offenses or because they got off. In the last two years, many of our local kid gyms, activity centers, and playgrounds have been shut down for a day or completely evacuated due to a few alert parents who caught predators in the act. Even places that supposedly have strict enforcement somehow let them in like the gym on Main street or the one over in Woburn. The individual didn't even have a child with him and locked himself in the bathroom. How on earth did he get in? This is all around us! It's not exactly paranoia. With this said however, if the bus was going up in flames or the driver hollered for help for the injured, you can bet I'd be the first to jump on that bus and help a child to safety or sit with the injured until the EMT's arrived. I think it's good to know the viewpoints of others. For myself and Townie, we know we need to be that much more aware of our children and surroundings knowing that other parents may not be doing the same just as some of the other parents may get comfort in knowing there are parents out there watching like hawks to protect our youth. I believe it's just differences in parental opinion. I see it all the time, especially at the lake. I can't tell you how many kids or BABIES I've gone after flailing in the water because the parent think there kids will be OK...
thistownisajoke January 17, 2013 at 03:02 PM
have to agree, when a person gets pulled over in this town there are 3 cruisers on the scene, nevermind an accident where there is children involved and EMS is dispatched, your telling me the only available person was a "kind person" to come on the bus? even bus drivers have eluded cory checks and have done sick things to students. someone from the police or EMS staff should of supervised the children should the bus driver need to step off for a statement. this town is a joke, school system along with it, i know because i was in it and i live here and my children were on that bus. have any of you other . as for helping on the playground, where was the parent? thats how kids get taken from places such as playgrounds. have you looked at a sex offender map lately? really though , ems staff couldnt get on the bus?
thistownisajoke January 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM
totally different situation, no injuries involved in this, no life saving measures were needed, authorized supervision was needed. im assuming this person on the bus (probably just a good person, but maybe not) was left unattended while the driver got off to go see the other vehicle owner and talk to police.
thistownisajoke January 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
thats like fighting with the other parent in front of the children, YOU DONT! and they dont know about it. us, well some of us as adults can defend themselves or know what the situation is without being scared, a 5yo doesnt, the bus driver could comfort them because you as a parent should of already talked to your children about strangers and who are safe people to trust.

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