Yesterday’s bus incidents: SFD helps put out fire, Ted’s Towing helps with a rescue

by beth on March 3, 2016

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Above: The SFD was first to respond to a fire on the Mass Pike yesterday. (Image from Facebook)

A tragic crash with a Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School bus believed to be the result of “blinding” solar glare yesterday afternoon.

No students were on board and no Southborough residents were involved in the Westborough crash. But a Southborough company again worked with emergency crews to assist with rescues.

Wicked Local reports:

Rescue workers worked for two hours to free [driver] Desiree White because the wrecked van was crushed around her, the chief said. . .

[The bus] had just dropped off its last student from Assabet Valley High School, the chief said. . .

Crews from Ted’s Towing of Southborough helped lift the bus off of the minivan so that the injured could be safely removed.

Sadly, the article reports that the driver, conscious and aware at the scene, didn’t survive her injuries. Her husband and granddaughter did survive. (Read more here.)

Earlier in the day, another (non-school) bus brought emergency crews to the scene. The incident was also in Westborough, but required temporary closing of Mass Pike Westbound in Southborough.

Southborough Fire Department reports that they were the first responders. There were no injuries:

Southborough Firefighters were first on the scene today of a coach type bus on fire on the Mass Pike west prior to 495….

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1 Tom July 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM

admirable job by Ted’s Towing and the SFD. Even though this was a few months back I wish this was the type of news story we saw more often instead of all of the negativity in the media. Kudo’s to SFD and Ted’s Towing!

2 Luke Yancey August 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

I’ve been away from Southborough for a while now and never heard this happened. It’s too bad what happened to the driver, but at least everyone else ended up okay. Like Tom said, thankfully the fire department and towing company were there to help!

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