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On January 26 at approximately 7:17 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Westlake High School for the report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving multiple school buses. The on-scene investigation revealed that a school bus arrived at Westlake High School to drop off students from the morning pick-up. The bus driver, Kathleen Fetterolf, 79, of White Plains, failed to place the bus in park while she was addressing a student on the bus.
She removed her foot from the brake and accidentally hit the accelerator, causing the bus the surge forward and strike a second school bus that was off-loading students. The second bus was forced forward and struck a third bus that was empty. As a result of the collision, 6 students and 1 bus driver were transported to local hospitals by ambulance for minor injuries. One injured student was released to his parents on scene for follow-up medical treatment.
The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating. Charges are pending.