Child sent to hospital after Thorndike teenager crashes car into school bus in Chesterville

By Madeline St. Amour, centralmaine.com staff writer | May 12, 2017
Brittany Dugal, 18, of Thorndike, was traveling down Route 156 in a black 2004 Chevy Cavalier when she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a school bus. Contributed photo

One student was hospitalized when a teenager drove her car past a stop sign and collided with a school bus Thursday afternoon, police said.

Brittany Dugal, 18, of Thorndike, was traveling down Route 156 in a black 2004 Chevy Cavalier May 11 when she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign before crossing Route 41, said Lt. David Rackliffe of the Franklin County Sheriff’s department.

Dugal collided with a school bus that was traveling down Route 41 over the bridge that crosses from Chesterville to Farmington. She hit the right front corner of the bus, Rackliffe said.

Dugal told police she was unfamiliar with the area and the intersection, he said. The Chevy was totaled in the crash and the bus sustained significant damage, but can be repaired.

Alycia Stevens, 33, of New Sharon, was driving the bus carrying 22 children. An 11-year-old girl complaining of pain was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington after the crash, Rackliffe said.

The remaining children were loaded onto another bus or picked up by parents.

Dugal was summoned on a charge of failing to stop at a stop sign, a traffic infraction with a fine of $131.

While there have been crashes in the area before, Rackliffe said he couldn’t say that it is a high number.

However, Rackliffe believes that “it is a poorly designed intersection because it has traffic flowing on both sides of an island.”

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