Driver of Pickup Truck that Caused School Bus to Crash Issued Criminal Citation

Massachusetts State Police last week issued a criminal citation to the driver of a the pickup truck that caused a school bus full of students to crash on Route 95 in Weston on Jan. 11.

SCOTT D. ROSSI, 29, of Belmont, was issued a summons ordering him to appear in Waltham District Court on the following charges: negligent operation of a motor vehicle; unsafe lane change; and failure to use care in passing.

The State Police investigation determined that ROSSI, who was operating a leased 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, crossed multiple lanes of the busy highway at highway speed, moving left to right without taking proper precautions to check if there was a vehicle to his right. The pickup struck the school bus, which was traveling in the right lane. The impact caused the bus to crash through the guardrail and partially roll
over.

A trooper served ROSSI with the citation in person at the Brighton Barracks on Jan. 18. The court will schedule a date for ROSSI  to appear.

As previously noted, all 22 middle school students on the bus were examined at area hospitals and released the same day; approximatley 10 had suffered minor injuries. The bus driver and monitor were also examined and released that day.

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Original Post Published Jan. 11, 2017:

At 12:47 p.m. today Massachusetts State Police received numerous calls reporting a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck, causing the bus to roll over the guardrail on the southbound side of Route 95 in the area of the Waltham-Weston line.

Responding troopers and Waltham and Weston firefighters found the bus on its side off the right side of the road, up against a stone ledge. The driver, adult monitor, and 22 students were out of the bus upon troopers’ arrival on-scene. Ten students reported minor injuries and were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. The other 12 students were also transported for precautionary evaluations. The juveniles were taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The bus driver and monitor were also being evaluated for precautionary reasons only at a hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police indicates that the bus was traveling southbound, south of the exit for Route 20 (Exit 26), when a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, also being operated southbound, collided with the bus. The impact caused the bus to veer to the right and roll over the guardrail onto an embankment leading to a stone ledge.

The students are in grades 6-8 at Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury. The bus is a Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner.

The driver of the bus is a 54-year-old man from Everett. The monitor is a 54-year-old Mattapan man.

The driver of the Silverado is a 29-year-old Belmont man.

State Police only release names of operators who are charged criminally. At this point in the investigation, no charges have yet been filed.

All students had been examined, and treated and released from the hospital, or were expected to be released, by late this afternoon. All had been reunited with their parents. State Police sent personnel to each hospital to help communicate the situation with parents and school officials.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, with assistance from the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Troopers from Troop A also provided assistance at the scene, along with the Waltham Fire Department.

The bus has been pulled upright and removed from the scene.

No further information is expected to be released today.

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