Students Hurt When Deer Crashes Through School Bus Windshield In Dartmouth

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(Gillian Pacheco/GoFundMe)

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP/WBZ NewsRadio) — Police say a deer went crashing through the windshield of a Dartmouth school bus, sending four students and the driver to the hospital.

Dartmouth Police Detective Kyle Costa says the students and the driver suffered "very minor" injuries in the crash just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

He says a car hit the deer first, launching it through the bus's windshield.

The deer was killed.

The Dartmouth school department said the students were middle and high school age. Other students on the bus were either released to their parents or brought to school.

Thirteen-year-old Zachary Lake wasn't hurt but told WPRI-TV that glass went flying everywhere including in his hair.

His mother, Gillian Lake, praised the bus driver for remaining calm and keeping the children safe.

A GoFundMe page was created to thank the driver of the bus, who organizers called "an amazing bus driver who keeps our children safe."

"The kids love and respect him and the parents feel safe with him behind the wheel," the page read. "He safely brought the bus to the side of the road and calmly organized the kids to get off the bus, even though he was injured. We really don’t know how to repay him...but maybe we can help him, as he will likely be out of work for a while."

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