Safety

School Bus, Tractor-Trailer Drivers Killed in Fiery Crash

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on June 4, 2019

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — A school bus driver and tractor-trailer driver were among those killed in a fiery four-vehicle crash here on Monday, police said.

At around 5 a.m., two tractor-trailers and a school bus were stopped in the center westbound lane of Interstate 84, adjacent to the connecting ramp to Route 2 westbound, when a third trailer, driven by 52-year-old Norman Bliss, approached the stopped vehicles and “took evasive action by braking and steering to the left,” according to a report from Connecticut State Police. Bliss's truck, which was unable to stop in time, rear-ended the school bus, continued into the left lane, jack-knifed, and then subsequently caught fire, which spread to the other vehicles.

Bliss and the driver of the school bus, First Student driver Verlean Douglas, were killed. No students were on board the bus at the time, according to police. As a result of the impact, police say the two other tractor-trailers were also involved in the crash, but that the drivers were not hurt.

The crash still remains under investigation.

View photos of the crash, posted on Twitter by Squad Fire Photos, below.

Related Topics: Connecticut, school bus crash

Sadiah Thompson Assistant Editor
Comments ( 2 )
  • Edward Hortsch

     | about 14 days ago

    That's exactly why driving needs your full attention. Too many people take driving for granted; you must be constantly alert. Yes, this certainly could have been avoided. Thank God no children were injured. Terrible shame about the drivers.

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