No injuries in separate car vs bus crashes

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 03, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich This SUV received damage to its driver's side door from being sideswiped Sept. 29 by a school bus that was changing direction on Old County Road in Rockport. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Rockport — No injuries were reported in two separate car versus school bus accidents Sept. 29.

At 3:30 p.m., Thomaston police responded to the report of a school bus versus car crash at the intersection of Main Street and Stoney Brook, near Route 131.

According to Police Chief Tim Hoppe, Elizabeth Fairfield, 53, of Port Clyde, was northbound and slowing in traffic in a St. George school bus.

Hoppe explained David Chase, 80, of Spruce Head, attempted to apply the brake to stop his 2011 Dodge Dakota, but his foot slipped causing the vehicle to strike the back of the bus.

Minor damage was reported, and nobody was injured. There was one student on the bus, according to Hoppe.

Then at approximately 4:15 p.m., Rockport police and fire responded to a crash at Old County Road and Wellington Drive involving an SUV and a school bus.

According to Officer Antonio DelVecchio's crash report, the driver of the School Administrative District 28 bus, Terrence Costa, was changing direction by backing into the driveway at 148 Old County and pulled out into the roadway, colliding with Shianne White who was heading south on Old County Road in a 2002 red GMC.

Extensive damage was done to the center driver's side door of the SUV and some to the front of the bus, but neither White nor Costa nor the three occupants on the bus were injured.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 04, 2017 17:45

Some know it all, see it all, and were never there. Not actually clear who did what and when.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 03, 2017 15:22

Preventative driving does not seem to have happened here. Keeping a car distance from the School Bus is just common sense. The lives of children matter!


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