Car crashes into full school bus in Standish, no student injuries but charges possible

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 9:41 a.m.

STANDISH, Maine — Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigators are considering whether to press charges against any of the drivers involved in a three-vehicle crash Friday in Standish that included a fully loaded school bus.

An SAD 6 bus carrying 34 children was stopped in the eastbound lane near 760 Ossipee Trail in Standish while dropping off a student around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the incident occurred, according to a sheriff’s office announcement Monday morning.

Kelly Eastman, 31, of Hiram was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck in the westbound lane when she allegedly dropped a water bottle. While distracted trying to pick up the bottle, she allegedly rear-ended a westbound 2000 Subaru stopped in traffic out of respect for the bus, and her vehicle kept going, grazing the front end of the stopped bus.

The 2000 Subaru was being driven by Shawn Gervais, 37, of Waterboro, and the 2004 Bluebird SAD 6 bus was being driven by Gary Plumley, 56, of Standish.

Sheriff’s office investigator estimate that each vehicle involved in the crash received about $1,500 in damage.

Traffic in that section of Ossipee Trail was reduced to one lane for approximately 80 minutes Friday afternoon while emergency responders from Standish and Limington evaluated the situation and the area was cleaned up, according to the sheriff’s office Monday.

The sheriff’s office stated Monday morning that no occupants of the bus were hurt in the incident, and that charges are possible pending the completed outcome of the investigation.

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