Southside student injured after bus accident due to icy roads

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Truck involved in school bus accident Dec. 12.
Truck involved in school bus accident Dec. 12.

MANCHESTER, NH – Police are investigating a school bus accident at Elm and West Baker streets Friday morning.

At about 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 12 an alert was issued about an accident involving a busload of students en route to Southside Middle School.

Officer Pete Boylan responded to Elm Street at West Baker Street for the two-vehicle crash involving a 2004 Ford pick-up truck and a school bus. The school bus, operated by Lacy Umling of Manchester, was carrying 15 Southside middle school students.

Southside school bus hit by truck on Elm Street Dec. 12.
Southside school bus hit by truck on Elm Street Dec. 12.

Joel Benito-Cecenas of Manchester was the operator of the Ford F-150. He stated he lost control of his truck on the icy roadway and crashed into the bus. The impact of the crash caused one of the students to seek medical treatment. The 11-year-old Southside student reported her injury and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The non-life threatening was evaluated at a local hospital.

District Assistant Superintendent David Ryan was at the scene to make sure everyone was OK and that students were safely transported to school, according to a spokesman from the superintendent’s office.

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