Casco woman killed in head-on crash with school bus in Bridgton

Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 9:36 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 05, 2012, at 11 a.m.

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BRIDGTON, Maine — An elderly Casco woman was killed Monday morning in a head-on collision between her minivan and an oncoming school bus in Bridgton, police said.

Jacqueline Ingalls, 74, of Casco was pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 302 crash, in which police say a 1989 Plymouth minivan, traveling northbound, driven by Ingalls swerved into the path of the southbound school bus and crashed into it.

According to Bridgton Police Department Public Information Officer Georgiann Fleck, police do not know what caused Ingalls, who was the sole occupant of the van, to swerve.

The Lake Region School District, which serves Bridgton, announced that none of the four occupants of the minibus involved in the crash were seriously hurt. The bus was carrying three children and a bus driver at the time of the incident, and the district stated Monday morning that two students and the driver were treated for minor injuries at Bridgton Hospital and released.

The crash reportedly took place just after 7 a.m. Monday on Route 302, locally known as Portland Road. Because of the incident, a section of the road was closed between Burnham Road and Sandy Creek Road until about 10 a.m., with traffic being detoured down side roads.

The road is now open, according to Bridgton police. The crash remains under investigation and is being reconstructed by specialists from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

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