HORICON — The first day of school was tough for a North Warren Central School bus driver, who police said sideswiped a pickup truck and later pulled down at least one low-hanging utility wire on Wednesday.
No injuries were reported, but the school district sent home a letter to parents about the incidents.
The driver, whose name wasn’t released, hit a pickup truck in a driveway on Duell Hill Road during the morning run and left the scene without notifying police or school officials, then pulled down a wire or wires on Granger Road during the afternoon trip. There were students on the bus for both accidents.
State Police investigated the first collision, which damaged the pickup truck. The owner, who spoke to a reporter on the condition his name not be used, said he watched and was flabbergasted as the bus hit the truck and kept going.
Troopers investigated and determined that the driver did not know he hit the truck since the rear of the bus made contact, so no tickets were issued, according to State Police from the Chester station.
The parent, though, said the driver made a comment to students that indicated he knew he hit the truck because he said he “didn’t have time for this” as he kept going.
The parent said on the afternoon trip home, the bus hit wires that pulled open the emergency hatch on the bus’ roof. Police weren’t called.
North Warren School Superintendent Michelle French said the driver was required to submit to drug and alcohol testing later Wednesday. It was unclear whether the results had been received as of Thursday afternoon.
She said the driver was not behind the wheel Thursday.
“Our driver has not driven today and has been a driver with us as a sub for about a year, and went on full time this year to a route,” she wrote in an email.