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Hampstead students escape injury in school bus incident
HAMPSTEAD — A school bus driver and three students escaped serious injury Monday when an oncoming car crossed into their lane, and the bus driver slammed on the brakes to avoid a crash.
According to police, officers responded to a report of a possible accident involving a school bus on West Road at the intersection of Governor’s Island Road just after 4 p.m.
Initial reports indicated that students were injured.
When Officer Mark Conway arrived, he found the school bus, owned by First Student, and another vehicle off to the side of the road.
The driver of the bus, identified as Ruth Jillson, 51, of Hampstead, told police that she was driving east on West Road with three students on board when a vehicle heading west veered into her lane in front of the bus.
According to a police report, Jillson slammed on the brakes and honked the horn. She told police that the vehicle crossed in front of her and then went off the road.
Two female students, ages 8 and 9, as well as a 10-year-old boy were riding on the bus at the time. The students were from Hampstead, police said.
While the vehicles didn’t collide, Jillson said one of the female students at the back of the bus complained that she hurt her elbow during the sudden stop.
Conway spoke with the student and he said she appeared to be more shaken up than injured.
The two other students were not hurt.
The driver of the car, Jeanne Pomer, 57, of Atkinson, later told police that she may have passed out and “thinks she was having a diabetic issue,” the police report said.
She was not injured in the incident.
All of those involved were treated by rescue personnel and released. The students were released to their parents.
Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier said no charges have been filed.
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