Update: Driver dies after school bus crashes into utility pole; no students on board

  • An empty Concord school bus with a driver crashed into a pole at the intersection of Washington Street and North State on Thursday morning, January 9, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • An empty Concord school bus driver crashed into a pole after suffering a medical emergency at the intersection of Washington Street and North State on Thursday morning. The driver later died at Concord Hospital, according to Concord’s Interim Superintendent Frank Bass. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 1/9/2020 10:00:34 AM

A 68-year-old Concord School District bus driver died Thursday after crashing into a utility pole at the intersection of Washington and North State streets during a medical emergency, Concord’s interim Superintendent Frank Bass said.

The crash happened at around 8:45 a.m., when Gary Jenkins, the driver of bus “4” was traveling down Washington Street toward North State Street after dropping students off at Rundlett Middle School, Bass said. No students were on the bus at the time.

Jenkins was transported to Concord Hospital, where he later died. Bass said the cause of the driver’s death appeared to be a heart attack.

Bass said it was a “tragic accident.”

“It’s a sad morning in the district,” he said Thursday.

Bass said it was fortunate that the crash happened when no students were on the bus, and that no other cars were involved. The bus came to rest at the intersection after hitting the pole and did not travel into traffic.

“We think he realized he was having a medical issue and tried to pull over or slow down,” Bass said. “The bus wasn’t going very fast – probably around 25 miles per hour.”

Jenkins was unconscious when medical personnel arrived.

Bass said there was little damage to the bus, which was taken back to the transportation yard on North State Street.

Concord Police, State Police and Concord Fire responded. Two other Concord School District bus drivers were on scene to assist. The scene was cleared within an hour.


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