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Scituate school van carrying 3 kids collides with truck; van driver hospitalized

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 17, 2012 03:51 PM

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The driver of a Scituate public school van taking children home from summer school was taken to the hospital after colliding with a construction truck on Route 3A.

According to Scituate Police Lieutenant Ted Coyle, the school van had three children in it at the time of the accident – a seven-year-old, a first grader, and a fifth grader. None of them was injured.

Police say the accident is under investigation; however, officers believe the van was coming out of Booth Hill Road going west at around 2 p.m. The P.A. Landers truck was headed North on 3A when the cars collided.

The truck driver wasn't injured, said the police, which did not have immediate information on the van driver's condition.

Police are unsure what caused the vehicles to collide, but said they would look at mechanical failure and operator error.

Traffic was diverted for approximately 45 minutes, police said.

According to Scituate police, if it weren’t for the truck driver's 40 years of experience on the job, the accident could have been much worse.

“The driver was an experienced driver and he definitely made that accident much less severe than it could have been,” Coyle said.

Police identified neither driver, and no charges have been filed against either at this time.

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