Big Rig Rear-Ends School Bus Killing 2 People In Fiery 4-Vehicle Crash

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4 @ 10:00 a.m. – Authorities have now released new information about the 4-vehcle fatal crash along I-84 on Monday morning that claimed the lives of a truck driver and a bus driver.

Investigators said two tractor-trailers and a school bus were stopped on I-84 in the center lane, next to the connecting ramp for Route 2 at approximately 5:10 a.m.

A third big rig, driven by 52-year-old Norman Bliss of Etters, PA, was unable to stop in time.

Its front end collided with the bus killing its driver, 67-year-old Verlean Douglas of South Windsor, and causing a chain reaction crash that led to the remaining big rigs being struck.

 

Bliss’ tractor-trailer jackknifed and caught fire. The fire spread to the bus and trailer portions of the other rigs.

The remaining two truck drivers did not report serious injuries.

Police said no children were on board the bus at the time of the crash.

One of the truckers was reportedly able to detach his truck from the trailer before it too went up in flames.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.

 

(Original Report)

East Hartford, Connecticut – Two people are dead following a horrific fiery crash involving a school bus and three semis Monday morning along I-84.

According to state police officials, the fatal accident occurred at approximately 5:10 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-84 between exits 55 and 56.

Investigators said a tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus setting off a deadly chain reaction crash.

A fire engulfed the school bus and two of the big rigs, according to officials.

 

All westbound lanes were shut down as emergency crews battled the blaze and attempted to rescue those they could.

Police said no children were on board the bus at the time of the crash.

One of the truckers was reportedly able to detach his truck from the trailer before it too went up in flames.

The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.

Images from the scene reveal the incredible devastation.

At a press conference DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said, “I can’t emphasize enough just how bad the scene is out there.”

 

Officials hoped to reopen two of the lanes for the rush-hour commute, but a fire reignited at the scene after 3:30 p.m., requiring firefighters to return to the crash and halting all debris clean up, officials said.

Nursick said investigators do not yet know what led the tractor-trailer to collide with the bus.

This investigation is ongoing.

Stay with Transportation Nation Network for the latest.

 


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