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ELLICOTTVILLE -- A First Student school bus carrying 14 students was rear-ended by a box truck as the bus stopped at a railroad crossing on State Route 242 about 11:15 a.m. today. State Police reported none of the students on the bus was injured but Jeffrey P. Coen, the Franklinville man driving the truck was extricated from his damaged vehicle by Ellicottville firefighters. He was taken to Bertrand Chaffee hospital with leg injures, state troopers reported.

Coen was charged with following too closely.

The State Police commercial vehicle enforcement unit and the state Department of Transportation are continuing to investigate the mishap which closed the state roadway to traffic for about two hours.

The students were transferred to another school bus and taken to Pioneer School shortly after the incident. State police were assisted at the scene by Ellicottville police and Ellicottville and Machias firefighters.