Metco bus crashes in Newton

A school bus carrying Lexington-bound Metco students crashed in Newton today, sending 34 students and their driver to local hospitals with injuries, State Police said.

The three-vehicle crash took place around 7:30 a.m. today on the westbound lanes of Route 9 near the intersection with Woodcliff Road in Newton, State Police said in a statement. Seven children had bumps and bruises. The remaining 23 minors were transported because they were too young to legally refuse medical treatment, Fricke said.

Metco, founded in 1966, currently sends 3,300 children from Boston and Springfield to suburban school systems. John Chandler, a Metco official, said the bus was carrying Metco students en route to one of Lexington’s middle schools. He said Metco headquarters was told none of the students were seriously injured.The investigation is ongoing, but State Police said it appears that the bus rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a traffic light, pushing the first car into a second vehicle also stopped at the traffic light.

Buses are regulated by the federal government, which requires adherence to safety standards to ensure the safe transport of millions of passengers every year. Safety checks of engines, tires and other equipment, as well as proper certification of drivers, are all part of the important procedures to protect the lives of travelers. Individual states also have their own regulations applicable to school buses, to help ensure the safety of millions of children who are transported every year to and from schools, sporting events, and other activities.

If you or a family member has suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a crash or accident, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death as the result of negligence, please contact one of our personal injury attorney  at  Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

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