Witnesses say a traffic light obscured by snow was a factor in a three-vehicle accident involving a fully-loaded school bus in south Windsor on Thursday morning.

Godin got out to check on the female driver of the Chrysler — the car’s lone occupant. The efforts of firefighters were needed to remove the woman from the vehicle. Godin said she was conscious and talking.

Godin also checked on the packed school bus and spoke to its female driver. “I looked, and the red light was covered with snow. You couldn’t see the red light … But she should have stopped or slowed down,” Godin said.

The school bus was full of Grade 3 students from Queen Victoria Public School.

The driver of the car, the driver of the bus, and three others from the bus were taken to the hospital.

Godin — a 61-year-old mould maker — wasn’t hurt. “I drove my truck to Dan Kane to get it fixed.”

According to the public school board, two children and one staff member required “direct medical attention for unspecified injuries.”

The bus contained 32 students and five staff members in all. They were on a field trip — headed to a

Pediatric R.E.A.D. (Reading Early Accelerates Development)

event at the Ciociaro Club.

The event is meant to promote literacy and allows students to meet with authors.

The accident scene closed the intersection to traffic for almost 90 minutes. Police reopened the intersection around noon.



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