MANCHESTER -- City fire officials say two students and an adult male were injured Monday night when a school bus carrying more than 30 baseball and softball players and coaches from Pelham crashed into a pickup truck on the Interstate 293 south on-ramp to Interstate 93.

According to Manchester District Fire Chief Mike Gamache, a school bus carrying 30 middle and high school baseball and softball players from Pelham -- along with two coaches and the bus driver -- crashed into a pickup truck driven by an adult male about 7:20 p.m. Monday on the Interstate 293 South on-ramp to Interstate 93 South.

The bus was returning to Pelham following baseball and softball games played in Weare Monday afternoon, Gamache said.

“I commend the driver of the school bus for keeping the bus upright and on the roadway after this violent collision with the pickup truck,” said Gamache. “If she were not able to control this bus, injuries to the students could have been much more severe considering the road conditions and the volume of traffic.”

Following the crash, Gamache said two vehicles came to rest 350 yards apart, with the pickup truck in the high speed lane and the school bus further south in the breakdown lane, requiring fire and EMS personnel to respond to two separate accident scenes.

According to Gamache, the driver of the pickup was trapped with his legs pinned under the dashboard requiring fire crews to use the Jaws of Life to extricate him. The rescue took 20 minutes to complete and the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, Gamache said.

All students on the bus were evaluated by Manchester Fire and AMR medics, who found two students bruised from the force of the crash.

None of the students were taken to a hospital. Another bus was brought to the scene to return the students to Pelham.

Manchester Fire Department had cleared the scene as of 8:45 p.m.

Paul Feely is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Reach him at