by Andrew Martin
A two-car accident occurred in Hyde Park on the morning of Tuesday, July 30, involving a school bus and another vehicle. The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department received a call about the accident at roughly 8:42 a.m. and responded to the scene of the crash, which occurred on Cricket Hill Road near Battle Row. At the time of the crash the weather was clear and sunny, and the road surface was dry gravel.
Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, deputies discovered that the second vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Blazer being driven by Robert Peake, a 41-year old resident of Hyde Park. The school bus involved in the accident was a 2004 International owned by First Student Inc. That vehicle was being driven by Davis Manning, a 48-year old resident of Johnson. In addition to Manning there were four juveniles on the school bus.
As part of their investigation, deputies also ascertained that the accident occurred when Peake’s Blazer struck the school bus, which was traveling south on the road. As a result of the crash the left side of both vehicles received extensive damage and both the Blazer and the school bus had to be towed away.
There were no injuries reported at the time of the accident. Northern Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene to evaluate everyone involved in the accident. The four juveniles on the bus were evaluated by NEMS personnel and their parents were notified before the students were released and transported to Lamoille Union Middle School.
A DMV Inspector was also called to the site of the crash to inspect the school bus. Cricket Hill Road was closed for the duration of the investigation.