May 22, 2015 3:59 PM
UPDATE: Police identify driver who hit school bus in Durham
DURHAM - Police have identified the driver of a white Prius who collided head-on with a school bus carrying elementary school children on Friday morning.
Ashley Compagna, 31, of Litchfield, had to be extricated from the car, and she was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries. According to the hospital, she was in surgery on Friday afternoon.
Eleven children from Mast Way Elementary School in Lee were on the bus. Two students sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene. Those students were then picked up by their parents.
The school bus driver, Dorothy Joy, 60, of Nottingham was not injured.
Police say the remaining students were released to Oyster River School District staff who arranged for them to be picked up by their parents.
The accident remains under investigation. Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the Prius, which was traveling southbound on Route 108, crossed the center line and struck the school bus as it was headed north.