School bus and SUV collide head-on; no injuries

By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez No one was injured in this Jan. 31 crash between a Jeep and a school bus on an icy road in Montville. The Jeep, which police say crossed into the path of the bus, sustained heavy front-end damage while the bus had little or no damage.

Montville — Slippery road conditions and speed may have contributed to a two-vehicle crash late in the afternoon of Jan. 31 on a sloping, ice-covered dirt road in Montville.

According to the Waldo County Sheriff's Office report, at approximately 5:22 p.m. on Jan. 31, a 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by Joselyn Marston, 25, of Appleton, was traveling north "too fast for conditions" on Goosepecker Ridge Road, approximately 150 feet from the Freedom Pond Road intersection.

After cresting a hill and discovering a bus on the other side, Marston applied the brakes but was unable to stop in time and crossed the center line, police said. The Jeep then slid head-on into the path of the oncoming bus.

The bus, a 2013 International owned by Regional School Unit 3, was driven by Everett Lingley, 76, of Montville. According to the accident report, Lingley and his only passenger, 6-year-old Nonvena Dawson, were not injured.

The Jeep sustained heavy damage to the front driver's side, while the school bus had little damage.

Police said neither Marston nor her two passengers, 2-year-old Myles Trull and 4-year-old Mykennah Trull, were hurt as a result of the crash.

Freedom and Montville fire departments responded, along with Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Liberty Ambulance Service.

(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Helen Sahadi | Feb 07, 2019 07:08

I give so much credit to school bus drivers.  It can be a tough job at times.  Their pay isn't reflective of the skill and responsibility demanded of them. I hope this will change someday soon. Thank you bus school bus drivers!

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