Del. school bus driver falls asleep, crashes

October 17, 2012 3:49:30 PM PDT
Police and firefighters responded to an accident involving a school bus in Claymont, Delaware Wednesday morning.

The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. on Governor Printz Boulevard at the intersection of Chapel Avenue.

The school bus driver said she fell asleep behind the wheel with 13 high school students on board, then rammed into seven parked vehicles before waking up and regaining control of the bus.

Fortunately, no one suffered physical injuries. The bus company says the driver, Jennifer Little of West Chester, who is 50 years old, is a 20-year employee with a good record.

She is, however, being tested for drugs or booze in her system. That is standard procedure when there's an accident like this. She has been charged with inattentive driving so far.

The seven vehicles that were hit were parked in an area along Governor Printz Boulevard in space reserved for the overflow from DART's nearby train station.

"Because of the extent of the damage and the way the vehicles were positioned after the accident, the vehicles had to be towed," said Delaware State Police Corporal John Day.

Their owners were long gone on the commuter train to Philadelphia. State Police tried all day to contact them to let them know six vehicles had been towed away because of the extensive damage..

The 13 students on the bus walked the final four blocks to the Archmere Academy.


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