May 22, 2015 6:44 PM
DURHAM – A 31-year-old woman suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries when her white Toyota Prius allegedly crossed the double-yellow line and crashed head-on into an Oyster River District school bus Friday morning.
Ashley Compagna, of Litchfield, was taken to Portsmouth Hospital from the scene, according to authorities.
A witness who lives across the street from the crash site said he watched Compagna, who was driving south, approach a curve on Route 108 before she slammed into the bus, which was carrying 11 young students from the Mast Way School in Lee.
“She had her head down and I was watching her go by,” Arthur Klaes said. “She picked her head up, saw the bus was right there and tried to turn the wheel.”
Klaes said Compagna couldn’t get out of the way in time, nor could the bus stop.
The Prius struck the bus and was pushed back about 15 to 20 feet, Klaes said.
Two children on board the bus were hurt in the crash. One of them, according to Durham Dep. Chief Rene Kelley, had injuries to the head. Both were examined at the scene.
The Strafford County Accident Reconstruction Team was already nearby at the University of New Hampshire and responded quickly after the crash to assist.
Officials are looking into the possibility of distracted driving or texting, police said.
Compagna is not currently facing any charges.
The driver of the school bus, identified as Dorothy Joy, 60, of Nottingham, was uninjured.
Counselors were available at the school Friday, if needed, according to the superintendent.
The accident remains under investigation.
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