'She broke lives,' man says of driver facing OUI charges in Berkley bus crash

A school bus crashed in the woods off Route 24 in Berkley, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (WJAR)

“This is a catastrophe that is affecting many lives.”

Four days after a bus crash in Berkley, Rich Quintal said some of his relatives face months of recovery.

“The trauma that they’ve had, not only did they get knocked around the bus, but they saw each other. Gruesome. Absolutely gruesome,” Quintal said Wednesday.

More than two dozen people, including children, were on a school bus that went off Route 24 and flipped Saturday night.

Authorities have said some passengers suffered serious injuries.

Quintal said seven are still in the hospital.

Saying he’s speaking on their behalf, Quintal said the people on the bus, including several of his cousins and other relatives, are all part of one family with roots in the Tiverton and Fall River area.

They were on the way back from an annual trip to LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, Quintal said.

Quintal said he was at the hospital that night.

“It was not pretty. I’ve talked to nearly everyone that was on the bus,” he said. “I’m really concerned with the kids, what they saw.”

Massachusetts State Police have said the passengers were employees of the First Student bus company and their families.

Quintal did not want to comment on that.

Prosecutors claim a drunk driver caused the crash, charging Christy Gilpatrick, of Warren, with second offense OUI. They said she hit another car, spun in front of the bus, sending both vehicles off the highway.

“She broke lives. And I hope she gets what she deserves,” Quintal said. “And I feel bad for her.”

Quintal has started a GoFundMe page, saying the victims will need help paying the bills.

“The support that has come through has been phenomenal, to say the least,” he said.

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