Bus driver cited in Quincy bus crash

QUINCY, MA (WHDH) - Quincy Police say they are citing a bus driver in connection with a school bus crash that injured several students on Oct. 25.

Police say the Quincy Public Schools bus left the road at 11:46 a.m. and crashed into a fire hydrant, a telephone pole, a stone wall, a Nissan Pathfinder, and a home on Quarry Street.

The driver, Mark Woods, has been cited for negligent operation and a marked lanes violation. The criminal penalty is up to 2 years in prison and a suspended license, according to police.

Several people, including children, were injured as a result of the crash.

Officials said the 32 children on the bus made it off safely. The children on the bus were students at the Bernazzani School and were in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Those students were transported to Sons of Italy social center to be reunited with their parents.

Five children, the bus driver and the driver of the car that struck the bus were taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. All the injuries were described as minor.

“I fell out of my seat, it knocked me right out of my seat,” said 8-year-old Owen McKim, who said he is feeling better after he hurt his back a little in the crash.

The house that the bus crashed into on Quarry Street was damaged but determined as structurally sound by the Quincy building inspector.

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