Niagara Gazette

July 12, 2013

Three people injured when school bus crashes into building

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Three people were injured early Friday when a school bus veered off Niagara Falls Boulevard and crashed into a building. 

Niagara Falls police said no children were on the 2006 First Student school bus when it jumped a curb and plowed over some landscaping, a fence and signage before hitting a brick and cement block building and a steel Salvation Army donation box at 9491 Niagara Falls Blvd. 

Police said the 49-year-old female driver of the bus and a 42-year-old bus aide were transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Rural Metro Ambulance to be treated for injuries following the accident.

The owner of the building - a 54-year-old woman - was inside the structure when it was hit by the bus. Police said she suffered unknown injuries and was also taken to ECMC for treatment. 

According to police, the bus appeared to be heading west on Niagara Falls Boulevard when it veered across the eastbound lanes and into the building, which is located next to a Salvation Army store and drop-off center. 

The bus caused significant damage to the building it struck, causing it to be condemned by city inspectors, police said. The Niagara Falls Fire Department and National Fuel also responded to the scene. 

The New York State Department of Transportation, with assistance from the New York State Police, removed the bus from the scene for inspection. 

Falls police said no charges have been filed at this time and that the matter remains under investigation.