At last night’s Board of Education meeting, Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent Charles Sampson spoke about the bus accident that occurred yesterday morning at the corner of Stillwells Corner Road and Saratoga Place sending nine Freehold Township High School students to the hospital.
According to the superintendent, the school bus ran up a curb and hit a tree which resulted in minor and superficial wounds on nine students, who were subsequently sent to the CentraState Medical Center for treatment. Sampson said he was thankful that no one was on the sidewalk at the time and that no students were seriously injured in the accident.
Sampson assured the public that the district has a protocol for dealing with these types of issues and that all accidents of this nature are fully investigated by the district. The Division of Motor Vehicles will thoroughly examine the school bus, the footage from the cameras on the bus will be reviewed in order to determine the cause of the accident, and the driver of the bus is subject to screening for any illicit substances, Sampson said.
The driver of the bus was given a breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident and no alcohol was found in the driver’s system.
“It seems initially to be a medical issue with the driver, but we are going to follow up and investigate that matter fully and when we have more information we will certainly issue a press release stating as such,” Sampson said.
A press release issued by the district cites "a sudden case of illness may have been a contributing factor to the accident."
Sampson also thanked the first responders to the scene including, Freehold First Aid, Colts Neck First Aid, Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid and the Freehold Township Independent Fire Department.
“We put the safety of our students first and foremost so we are going to look into this matter and communicate with the school community directly via regular updates as that information becomes available to us.”