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Apr 6, 2016 2:39 PM

Driver of school bus in Enfield accident will not be charged, police say


ENFIELD - After four students suffered minor injuries from a school bus accident in Enfield on Monday, its driver, 70-year-old Joseph Trottier of Wilder will not be charged according to police.

The First Student bus was carrying students to the Indian River School on Monday morning along Route 4, when the driver of a Volkswagen Passat, identified as Bonnie McCouch, 60 of Orford was stopped to make a right-hand turn into a strip-mall parking lot. Driving the bus, Trottier then ran into the back of her sedan which suffered extensive damage.

READ: 4 students sustain minor injuries in Enfield bus crash

According to the Valley News, police said Trottier had “looked away” briefly before he struck the car but tracking software on the bus showed there was “no sign he was speeding” or driving while distracted.

The speed limit on that stretch of Route 4 is 30 mph, and police said Trottier was driving at about that speed. Police also said Trottier was not "doing something that was criminal or negligent," which is why they decided not to charge him.

McCouch and four students suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident.


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