Only two students were aboard the school bus at the time of the crash — a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male — and both refused treatment, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien. Another school bus arrived and took them to the high school, he said.
“The legal age to refuse treatment in Rhode Island is 16 years old,” Deputy O’Brien said.
The collision took place at the corner of Boyd’s Lane and Park Avenue. Based on the position of the vehicles, it appears the bus was turning north onto Park Avenue from Boyd’s Lane when it was struck by the truck, which was operating south on Park Avenue.The truck sustained heavy damage to its front end, while the school bus sustained damage to its driver’s side. The point of impact was just behind the driver’s seat of the bus.
Shortly after the accident, both drivers were conscious and standing near the wall along Park Avenue while they were being attended to by rescue workers. They were then transported to Newport Hospital by ambulance. Deputy O’Brien said the school bus driver was complaining of back pain.
Portsmouth received mutual aid from the Middletown Fire Department.