A First Student school bus was rear-ended on March 21, while it was stopped at a railroad crossing. No students were injured, in the collision. Photos used courtesy of the New York State Police.
WEST VALLEY — New York State Police based in Machias are investigating a commercial vehicle versus school bus accident that occurred on March 21 at 11:15 a.m. on state Route 242, in Ellicottville.
The First Student school bus was stopped at a railroad crossing, when a 2001 Freightliner box truck, operated by Jeffrey Coen of Franklinville, failed to stop and rear-ended the bus.
Both vehicles suffered extensive damage. None of the 14 students on the bus reported injuries. Coen was extricated from his vehicle by members of the Ellicottville Fire Department and was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, with leg injuries.
Route 242 was closed for two hours, during the investigation. The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the New York State Department of Transportation are continuing the investigation. Coen was charged with following too closely. Additional charges are pending vehicle inspection.
All of the students were transferred to another school bus and taken to Pioneer Central School. The state police officers were assisted by the Ellicottville Police Department, the Ellicottville Fire Department, the West Valley Fire Department, the Great Valley Fire Department and the Machias Fire Department.