Portsmouth rescue crews received a 911 call at 8:19 a.m. Monday for a motor vehicle crash involving a Portsmouth school bus and pickup truck at the corner of Boyd’s Lane and Park Avenue.
Portsmouth emergency personnel were currently responding to several other calls at the same time.
After a five-minute delay, Portsmouth was able to send an ambulance and a fire engine to the scene. Middletown provided mutual assistance.
Along with the bus driver, two students - a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old man - were on the bus at the time of the crash.
The driver of the pickup truck was transported by ambulance to Newport Hospital. He appears to have sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to emergency personnel.
The driver of school bus complained of minor injuries. The bus driver was transported to Newport Hospital by Middletown Rescue.
The two students were not injured and refused transport to the hospital. The legal age to refuse medical treatment in Rhode Island is 16-years-old.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Portsmouth police.
Ironically, this was the second crash in the area Monday to involve a school bus. A school bus and car collided on Route 6 in Seekonk, MA, on Monday morning, reports The Providence Journal.
Check back with Patch later on for more information on the Portsmouth school bus crash.