Students, drivers escape injury in Houlton school bus accident

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 21, 2011, at 1:51 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — An Ashland man and three SAD 29 pupils escaped injury Tuesday afternoon in an accident involving a school bus.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Wednesday that the accident took place just after 2 p.m. on the North Road, a section of U.S. Route 1.

Jefferson Graham, 40, of Ashland was attempting to make a left turn into Doc’s Place, a Houlton gas station and convenience store, Asselin said.

At the same time, Larry McAfee, 49, of Littleton, was traveling behind him in a 2008 school bus. Most schools were not out of session at the time, so the bus was only carrying three children ages 4, 7 and 8.

McAfee told police that he glanced in his rear-view mirror and when he looked back at the road, he saw Graham stopped in the roadway. He tried to take evasive action but failed and struck the back of Graham’s 2005 Honda.

No injuries were reported.

Asselin said that glare from the sun may have been a factor.

There was no information on damage to the vehicles.

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