School bus roll over

Minor injuries have been reported in a school bus roll over in Germantown on Tuesday morning. A second bus was brought in to transport children to the school district. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

GERMANTOWN — A school bus carrying 20 children and one driver rolled over on Church Avenue on Tuesday morning.

The accident was called in to Columbia County 911 at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

All children had exited the bus before first responders arrived on the scene, according to scanner reports.

Four children and the driver suffered minor injuries, according to state police.

Two children were transported to Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, two were brought to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, and the bus driver was transported to Albany Medical Center.

The bus, from the district’s bus company, Pat Zanchelli Inc., out of Germantown, was driven by a 40-year-old female bus driver. Her identity has not been released by police.

A second school bus was brought in to transport the 16 students who did not go to the hospital to the Germantown schools, state police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said.

All 16 children were evaluated by the school nurse, four were brought to the hospital by their parents, four went home with their parents, and eight students remained in school, Hicks said.

Students ranged in age from 6-16.

No other vehicles were involved. The cause of the crash remains under investigation according to state police.

Church Avenue was closed between Round Top and Viewmont roads. The road was reopened to traffic at 9:57 a.m., Hicks said.

Northern Dutchess Paramedics, state police, and the Columbia County EMS coordinator responded to the scene, as well as firefighters from Germantown and Clermont.

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