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  • Appoquinimink school bus rear-ended in downtown Middletown

  • A school bus carrying about 30 students to the Townsend Early Childhood Center was rear-ended in a three-vehicle collision Monday morning.
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  • A school bus carrying about 30 students to the Townsend Early Childhood Center was rear-ended in a three-vehicle collision Monday morning.
    None of the children on the bus were injured in the crash, according to district officials.
    However, four juveniles – including two in each of the other two vehicles – were taken to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington with minor injuries, according to Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin III.
    The crash occurred about 8:48 a.m. when bus driver Vincent Cooney, an employee of district bus contractor Advanced Student Transportation, attempted to make a right turn from North Catherine Street onto East Main Street, but was forced to stop in the middle of the intersection, Tobin said.
    A 1998 Honda Accord, driven by 28-year-old Catherine Street resident Ashanti Morales, failed to stop in time and struck the right side of the bus’ rear bumper.
    A 2002 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Keresia Stephenson, then stuck the rear of the Morales’ vehicle, causing the Honda to strike the bus a second time.
    Morales later was issued a citation for failing to drive at a speed appropriate for the road conditions, which police said included snow and ice. She also was cited for failing to provide proof of insurance and failing to transfer the title of her vehicle.
    Appoquinimink School District spokeswoman Lilian Miles said Silver Lake Elementary School nurse Aimee Hastings went to the scene of the crash and checked on the status of the students on the bus, while school counselor Ann Sherlock rode on the bus from the crash scene to the school.
    Townsend Early Childhood Center Principal Carolyn Joynt also personally called the parents of all students involved in the crash Monday morning to notify them of what had occurred, she said.
    “We’d like to commend our students and bus driver for their composure and extend our gratitude to the first responders who arrived on the scene quickly this morning,” she said. “We’re grateful for their fast action and fortune that no one was seriously injured.”

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