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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Maine bus crashes north of Boston, driver hurt

Associated Press

GEORGETOWN, Mass. -- A bus carrying University of Maine basketball players crashed on a highway north of Boston on Tuesday night, injuring the driver and several students, state police said.

The driver was seriously injured and was being taken by helicopter to a hospital, police said. Twenty-two students were being evaluated or treated for minor injuries, they said.

The bus was going southbound on Interstate 95 at around 8:30 p.m. when it crossed onto the northbound side and went into a wooded area near Georgetown, a town of about 8,000 residents 30 miles from Boston.

The bus was owned by the John T. Cyr & Sons Inc. bus line of Old Town, Maine. A man who answered the phone at the company's office late Tuesday said company officials were gathering information about the crash, whose cause hadn't been determined.

A state police car that stopped at the scene was struck by another car. The trooper who had been driving it was hospitalized with what appeared to be minor injuries, police said.

Earlier this month, a bus crash in Boston injured 35 people, including high school students and chaperones, from Pennsylvania. The coach slammed into a 10-foot-high overpass on Feb. 2 while returning to the Philadelphia area from a trip to Harvard University.