CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A school bus driver dropped students off at school not long before a serious crash in Concord.
The bus from the Springville School District collided with a tractor trailer at Genesee and Springville-Boston Road around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, leaving debris and metal strewn across the intersection.
Authorities say the driver of the tractor trailer, 26-year-old David Barry of Denton, Maryland, rolled through a stop sign on Genesee Road and hit the bus. The bus was traveling down Springville Boston Road, which does not have a stop sign.
The force of the accident pushed the bus in the opposite direction. The bus driver, 56-year-old Marlene Golabek of Springville, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center where she is listed in stable condition.
Barry was uninjured in the crash.
Ted Welch, Springville-Griffith Transportation Supervisor, said, “I was horrified. The damage to the bus was worse than I’ve ever seen. Her husband also works in our transportation department and he was on a bus that was also headed back to the bus garage and came upon the scene. While I’m sure it was very difficult for him, at least our driver had her husband there at the scene to help comfort her a little bit.”
Authorities say Barry was not drunk, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation. He is currently charged with failure to obey a stop sign, failure to yield the right of way, and a logbook violation.
Erie County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Kenyon said it is very fortunate that no students were on the bus.
“As bad as this is, it’s extremely fortunate that there were no children on the bus. There’s no doubt in our minds, just looking at the impact and damage of the bus, that the potential for injuries was certainly high here, had there been students on board,” he said.
Members of the community say this is a dangerous intersection, with a history of serious crashes. In 2009, a crash at the same intersection claimed the life of a 33-year-old Cattaraugaus County man.