Police: Bus driver accused of leaving crash scene with children on board
A school bus driver was accused of leaving the scene of a crash Monday afternoon while multiple children were on board, according to authorities.
Police said 34-year-old Francelle Fleurine, 34, of Attleboro, was cited after she allegedly hit two trees on Locust Street in Raynham while driving with at least 10 students. She then finished her route without stopping, police said.
A 56-second video shot from inside the bus shows children screaming as the bus apparently smashes into a tree.
"Oh, my God," one child repeats, as another says, "I'm scared."
At one point another child says, "We hit a tree," about 10 seconds before the bus appears to hit a second tree.
The Raynham Police Department said they received a report that a bus was involved in a crash just before 3:30 p.m. Authorities responded to the Raynham Middle School, where Fleurine spoke to authorities.
"Through the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the driver struck a tree and then backed into a second tree, smashing the back window of the bus," police noted, adding that the driver "appeared to be running late."
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Superintendent Derek J. Swenson said, "immediate action was taken and Fleurine will no longer be a driver for the school system."
Swenson's full statement was posted on the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District's Facebook account, calling the driver's actions "unacceptable."
"We apologize to all the Bus 42 middle school students and parents/guardians who were negatively impacted by this incident," Swenson said. "The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District will continue to work closely with safety officials and Lucini Bus Lines to prevent such situations from happening in the future."
No injuries were reported, authorities said.
Fleurine was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident and marked lanes. She is scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court.