Highgate school bus crash sends 5 children to hospital

Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 12:01 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 4:10 PM EDT
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HIGHGATE, Vt. (WCAX) - We’re now learning that five children were sent to the hospital after a crash involving a school bus and a car.

It happened Thursday at about 8:20 a.m. on Cook Road near Route 207 in Highgate.

Emergency crews tell us the five children were treated for minor injuries and transported as a precaution.

There were 15 students on the bus.

According to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, as the bus was en route picking up students, the 16-year-old driving the car failed to yield as he pulled out of a driveway onto Cook Road and hit the bus.

Emergency crews say it’s important to pay attention to avoid these types of crashes.

“Heed any flashing red lights, stop signs and pay close attention to your surroundings when you pull out, and make sure your path is clear,” said Josh Ramsdell of Missisquoi Valley Rescue.

The bus was heading to both Highgate Elementary School and Missisquoi Valley Union Middle and High School.