Police investigating crash between minivan, school bus in Andover

ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Police are investigating after they say a minivan sideswiped a school bus in Andover Thursday, causing it to leave the road and hit a telephone pole.

Officers responded to the crash on Red Spring Road around 2:20 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found that the bus had turned sideways in the road, blocking both lanes of traffic. The bus came to a stop with its rear against a guardrail and its front on a dirt embankment, stopping just short of striking a utility pole, police say.

Although there were approximately 20 students on board the bus at the time of the crash, there were no reported injuries.

Andover police say a preliminary investigation suggests the minivan, which had two occupants, sideswiped the bus, causing it to hit a telephone pole.

No one in the minivan was injured.

The road was temporarily closed to traffic.

In a statement, a school spokesman said, “We are grateful there are no injuries as a result of this accident.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

“I just heard a really, really loud sound, ‘Boom,’ like the metals plates on the road or a big truck kind of sound, just really intense,” said Elizabeth Williams, who lives nearby. “I saw concerned high school students running down to check on other people.”

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