WATERBURY--A school bus crash has left two dead on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred near 351 Watertown Ave. around 4 p.m.
There were no children on the school bus at the time of the accident. Police say a Dodge Dakota pickup truck crossed over the center line and collided with the bus. The bus driver only suffered minor injuries. The two people inside the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene.
The bus company released a statement to Fox CT:
We are sad to confirm there was an incident this afternoon involving a Durham school bus and a passenger vehicle that resulted in two fatalities. We extend our sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased. The incident is currently under investigation and we are working with local law enforcement officials. There were no students on board the bus at the time of the incident.
Watertown Ave was closed between Bunker Hill Avenue and Robbins Street while police investigated.
People who live in the area say speeding is often a problem. The speed limit is 35 mph. "Most people go, I want to say about 45-50. A lot of cops don't really patrol this area, this street. So you can really go as fast as you really wanted to," said Harold Garcia, who lives around the corner from the accident.
Longtime Waterbury resident Charlie Mahoney concurred. "Lot of times I have a hard time 'cause speeding when I get in this section -- coming this way -- because they come flying," said Mahoney.
As of Tuesday night, investigators haven't said if speeding was a factor in the crash, nor did they release information on why they believe the truck crossed the center line.