Monday’s bus crash on Route 4 in East Greenwich was apparently triggered when a teen driver hit the blue bus, officials say. According to the Providence Journal, a 17-year-old Cranston driver veered into the left-front side of the bus.
Captain Frank Castellone of the Rhode Island State Police said the teenager and another youth were in a 1999 Acura on Route 4 around 3:10 p.m. Monday when the crash occurred. According to Castellone, officials are unsure why the driver veered right.
The bus from Providence’s recreation department was carrying 32 passengers, the majority of which was elementary school aged students returning from a field trip to Newport. After it was struck by the Cranston driver’s Acura, the bus went over a guardrail, down an embankment before hitting a tree.
All occupants were brought to area hospitals, but officials said that only the driver — who was ejected from the bus — was seriously injured.