Greenwich police thank good Samaritans who helped at bus crash

April 10, 2019

GREENWICH — Greenwich police are asking anyone who may have witnessed a crash between two buses on upper King Street on Tuesday afternoon to contact authorities.

Several good Samaritans responded quickly to the collision to help, and it is expected they will be debriefed on what they saw, police said Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday morning, police Lt. John Slusarz said the people injured in the crash are “are reported to be in good to fair condition.”

The accident sent 10 people to Stamford Hospital, and police investigators are looking to gain a comprehensive account of the collision between a large bus operated by Countrywide Transportation and a small bus operated by Royal Coach Lines, which was contracted by Sacred Heart Greenwich.

“A preliminary investigation has determined that one bus was traveling northbound and one was traveling southbound when they collided. The Countrywide Transportation was occupied by nine people, including the driver and seven special needs adults. The Royal Coach Lines bus was only occupied by the driver,” according to a statement from Greenwich Police Lt. John Slusarz.

The 10 people sent to the hospital were reported in fair condition on Tuesday. King Street was closed for hours after the crash for the police investigation.

The Sacred Heart administration said the yellow bus was headed to campus to begin picking up students for the trip home after classes, according to school spokeswoman Haley Sonneland. The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said

The bus is operated by a private transportation company on behalf of a town in New York state and is not a bus owned and operated by the school, Sonneland said.

In an email to the Sacred Heart Greenwich community Tuesday night, Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes asked students and parents to keep those injured in the accident “in their prayers” and thanked the Greenwich emergency services teams for their prompt response to the scene, Sonneland said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the bus collision is asked to contact Sgt. Patrick Smyth of the Greenwich Police Department’s Traffic Section at 203-622-8015.