A USM shuttle bus was reportedly involved in an accident today at 1:45 p.m. when a car slid into it in Gorham.
Justicia Barreiros, USM student and Free Press photographer on board the bus, wrote about the scene in a statement shortly following the crash. The bus was going to the Gorham campus, Barreiros said, and had just passed the Gorham House of Pizza. It stopped to turn left onto College Ave. when a black Kia Sorento lost control, sliding through the stop sign on College Ave, colliding with front driver’s side of the bus. EMTs were shortly on the scene, but Barreiros said she heard no reports of injuries from either vehicle, though this has not yet been confirmed with officials. After talking with the police and EMTs on the site, students were allowed to walk back to the Gorham campus.
“I didn’t see the car when it hit us,” Barreiros said. “It just felt like we had hit the curb.”
“It was only when the driver started talking about an accident that I stood up and saw that a car had crashed into us.” Barreiros also said that she had heard multiple students question the administrative choice to hold classes today despite the inclement weather.
Officer Sanborn of the Gorham Police in charge of the investigation of the incident has not yet responded to questions. More information will be available later.