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Plow Driver Cited after Crashing into School Bus

Three schoolgirls were hurt in the accident.

Portsmouth Police cited a 41-year-old plow driver from Little Compton for failing to stop at a stop sign after a school bus accident Wednesday morning that sent three schoolgirls to the hospital with minor injuries.

Portsmouth Police Major Brian P. Peters said in a release that Brian Wheeler, 41, was cited after he allegedly drove through the stop sign at the intersection of Middle Road and Union Street, striking the rear of the bus.

The bus, owned by First Student of Portsmouth, was heading to Portsmouth Middle School.

The accident caused the rear quarter panel of the bus to be peeled away.

Wheeler was reportedly driving a 1995 Ford dump truck equipped with a plow. The truck is owned by Mello's Construction of Middletown, police said.

Three girls, aged 10, 13 and 15, were transported to Newport Hospital for complaints of pain, police said.

The crash happened at 7:41 a.m.
Mark Schieldrop March 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Thanks for the info. Mind forwarding me a copy of the email to mark.schieldrop@patch.com ?
Lynne March 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Sure!
Meghan March 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM
I hope the girls are okay and everyone involved. So many people plow no pun intended right thru that stop sign.
Linda March 26, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Not all but some people who plow snow are clueless on how to do that. Some snow plow drivers think it is a license to speed and they do damage in their wake.
Amanda March 28, 2014 at 08:54 PM
portsmouth school bus #1....... my brother is in middle school, a girl he likes got injured on that bus. Everyoone who got injured is okay

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