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Stamford school bus accident shakes students

September 16, 2018

STAMFORD — Back-to-school jitters were amplified for a group of Stillmeadow Elementary School students when their bus struck a stop sign during the first days of the new year.

The incident, which occurred at the corner of Westover Road and Emery Drive East, has alarmed some parents and several students on Bus 140 were “a little scared,” Stillmeadow Principal Angela Asaro said.

Asaro notified parents via a voicemail at 10:14 a.m. Sept. 4. In the message, obtained by the Stamford Advocate, Asaro said students informed school staff about the accident and said the driver seemed “unfamiliar with her route,” circling the area a few times before hitting the sign.

The school nurse examined the students and there were no reported injuries. A Stillmeadow staff member rode the bus home with students that day.

Jim Travers, the city’s transportation bureau chief, said his department received a call about the sign on Sept. 4 via the Citizens Service Center. The sign, which was nearly knocked to the ground, was fixed Sept. 5.

Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, supervisor of the Stamford Police Department’s Traffic Unit Enforcement and commander of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad, said the accident was not reported. He said anyone who causes property damage should notify police.

Sharon Beadle, public affairs officer for Stamford Public Schools, said there was no damage to the bus.

Asaro told parents in the message that the information was reported to the district’s transportation department and to the bus company, First Student. Asaro said a bus company supervisor “verified the driver’s competence” and said the route would be reviewed with the driver.

Beadle said the driver, who remains “in good standing” with First Student, has been transferred to a different route.

An employee with the district’s transportation department said the driver also reported the incident.

The bus company did not return several requests for comment.

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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