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February 08, 2011  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

'Ice missile' strikes bus, shattering windshield


STRATFORD, Conn. — A high school bus was struck by a sheet of ice that fell off of a tractor-trailer on a freeway, shattering the windshield. The bus driver was able to successfully pull to the side of the road.

Bus driver Eli McNair and three students were transported to a hospital following the incident, the Connecticut Post reports. They were cut by glass and ice shards. One student also suffered a neck injury but was not seriously hurt. Thirty other students were transported to school by a second bus that was sent to the scene.  

The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop after the accident and has not been identified. The damaged bus was driven back to the We Transport Inc. bus depot in Bridgeport, where it will be repaired.   

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I lost both sides of a windshield once this same way. I was covered with glass shards but was wearing sun glasses so I had no injury. The truck was coming from the opposit direction and the ice peeled off the top of his trailer. I saw it fly up but there was only time to slow but not stop. If I had continued at the same speed it would have hit higher up on the windshield.

McMWest    |    Feb 14, 2011 07:01 AM

I'll bet if the truck driver had cleared the ice off his trailer, as the law states, there would have been no ice to injure the kids. Do we know that the bus was following the truck or if the truck was passing the bus?

WD    |    Feb 09, 2011 01:18 PM

I'll bet that if the bus driver had maintained a following distance of 4 seconds the ice would have fallen on the pavement and not struck the bus.

Carl Sebens    |    Feb 09, 2011 07:10 AM

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