Impaired woman crashes school bus with 25 kids on board

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HARTFORD (WITI) -- Hartford officers responded to the 600 block of Cedar St. in Hartford Thursday, May 29th for a report of a school bus vs. parked car accident. The car was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

According to police, an evaluation determined that the bus driver was impaired by a substance other than alcohol, which rendered them unable to operate a motor vehicle safely at the time of the incident.

It is unclear exactly what that substance was.

The school bus was carrying 25 children at the time of the accident. The students attend Central Middle School and Rossman Elementary School -- and were on their way to class.

No injuries were immediately reported at the scene, but some students later complained of soreness.

"The kids were okay. They went to class and the parents were called. We're really happy that the kids are safe," Superintendent Mark Smits said.

The driver, a 68-year-old Hartford woman, was arrested for operating while intoxicated with passengers under the age of 16.

"I do know the individual was admitted to the emergency room and there are some medical concerns with her," Smits said.

The parked vehicle that was struck belongs to Amy Murphy.

"It was just a big 'boom' -- like a big old crash. You knew exactly what had happened. I was more worried about the kids on the bus than I was actually, my car. That can be replaced. That's an object. I am upset for all of the parents of those children that were on the bus. I am feeling so very lucky that I wasn't anywhere near my car," Murphy said.

The 68-year-old bus driver is not an employee of the district -- but a city driver, working at Wittenberger Bus Company.

We're told this incident has been referred to the District Attorney's Office.

5 comments

  • Yvonne

    Fact’s are showing that the bus driver had suffered Kidney failure and dehydration due to her heart medication. It is also stated that the car that was struck was parked in a No Parking Zone.

  • Sarah

    Where are you getting your facts? The car was parked in the right spot. Seriously, know the facts before you spout them off. If it’s true that she was having medical problems, the bottom line is, she should not have been driving, especially a bus full of kids! Glad no one was hurt.

  • Ward

    You know, it’s really a shame that we don’t have undercover media listening in on our local bus company’s radio frequency or following the buses around in vehicles that don’t look like vehicles vehicles.

    I live in Menomonee Falls along Pilgrim road. Our Menomonee Falls bus company is full of really nasty people. A few have serious mental health issues. Our bus driver was Dan. This guy shouldn’t be a school bus driver. The kids cite how he gives other people the finger while driving his bus, and how he picks on other employees on the bus radio.

    Dan has more than on school bus accident under his belt, but he is still driving a bus. Dan’s full name is either Dan Borchard or Dan Bouchard and lives hear in Menomonee Falls somewhere.

    I wish our bus company could be replaced. That’s how bad it is.

    The bus company manager is useless. She fired a woman because the driver left a student on the bus. Then the manager hired the woman back, and the driver did it again with another student.

    HELLO ! !

    If we can’t get a different bus company for our kids, then the owners of this one need to come down from the Port Washington office and restaff the office at this one. That would be a start.

    • xboxpro

      yes. dan wAs my bus driver. i remember when he crashed our bus into a van full of people for no reason. falls cops have him on a report. his name is bouchard not borchard and hes a mental case.

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