WHEATFIELD – Two drivers suffered minor injuries but no passengers were hurt when two vehicles struck a school bus on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Old Falls Boulevard, just before 8:30 a.m. today.
One driver was charged with imprudent speed.
The school bus, heading to Errick Road Elementary School in the Niagara Wheatfield School District, was westbound on Niagara Falls Boulevard, near Vidler Roofing and had stopped to pick up children. The bus driver activated the red warning lights, according to Chief Deputy Steven Preisch of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Preisch said the first vehicle, eastbound on Niagara Falls Boulevard, stopped “like it is supposed to.”
“Sometimes on those big roads like Transit and Niagara Falls Boulevard people don’t realize that both sides have to stop,” Preisch said.
A second vehicle heading eastbound rear-ended the first vehicle. The force of the impact caused the first vehicle to cross the center line and pushed it into the bus, according to Preisch.
He said there were two children on the bus, but neither the children nor the bus driver were hurt.
He said the drivers of the other vehicles suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
Mitchell Kinnaman, 19, of Porter-Center Road, who rear-ended the first vehicle, was charged with imprudent speed.
Kinnaman told police that he didn’t see the stopped vehicle because the sun was in his eyes, Preisch said.