1 dead, several hurt after school buses collide in Rochester

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Posted: Jan 06, 2015 12:55 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The driver of a bus taking students to a Rochester elementary school Tuesday morning apparently suffered a heart attack before the vehicle collided with another school bus and a tree, sending eight students and another adult to the hospital, official said.

Rochester police and city school district officials say a small school bus was taking eight students to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9 at about 7 a.m. Tuesday when it sideswiped a full-sized First Student Transportation bus. The small bus then slammed into a tree, crumpling the vehicle's front end.

David Bonacchi, Monroe Transportation's vice president and general manager of Monroe Transportation, told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (http://on.rocne.ws/1Aqa5I5 ) the driver of the company's small school bus possibly had a massive heart attack before the collision.

Authorities said the driver of the small bus died at the scene. Another Monroe Transportation official said he was a man about 30 years old. The driver's name wasn't released.

School district officials said eight elementary school students between ages 8 and 11 were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. Four were released and four others were still being checked for non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon. A bus monitor was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

District officials said the three students on the other bus weren't injured.

Police said the accident was still being investigated.