Ice hits bus with Brooklyn students on board

January 28, 2009 12:49:19 PM PST
A busload of Brooklyn fifth graders on a field trip got a huge scare this afternoon when a sheet of ice crashed onto their bus in Auburn, Mass. The bus was eastbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike at around 1:30 p.m. when the ice came crashing down from an overpass onto the bus, cracking the front windshield.

The bus veered off to the shoulder, but the driver was able to get the vehicle to a safe stop on the side of the Turnpike.

He was treated for facial lacerations from the cracked front windshield.

The 35 students, fifth graders from P.S. 282 Park Slope School, were shaken up but not injured.

The students and four adults, including the principal, were put on another bus to wait for a replacement bus.

They will then continue on their field trip to Boston.

State Police said it was not immediately clear why the sheet of ice landed on the bus.

The students were headed to Boston for a social studies field trip.

The bus was contracted by the school.


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