STANDISH, Maine — A Hiram woman has been charged in connection with a three-vehicle crash that included a school bus in Standish last week, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning.
Deputy Chief Naldo Gagnon told the Bangor Daily News Thursday that Kelly Eastman, 31, of Hiram has been charged with failure to control a motor vehicle for her alleged role in the accident, which took place the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 2.
Earlier this week, Gagnon had said charges were possible in the case pending the outcome of the sheriff’s office investigation of the incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, Eastman was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck in the westbound lane of Ossipee Trail in Standish when she is 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 a stopped school bus, and her vehicle kept going, grazing the front end of the bus.
The SAD 6 bus was carrying 34 children and was stopped in the eastbound lane near 760 Ossipee Trail to drop off a student around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the incident is alleged to have occurred.
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 investigators 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.
The sheriff’s office stated Monday morning that no occupants of the bus were hurt in the incident.