BUFFALO, N.Y ( WKBW ) A school bus crashed into a home in South Buffalo Thursday morning.
Buffalo police say the bus was traveling east on West Woodside from Hopkins, when the bus apparently struck a pile of stone in the road and then struck a house at 114 West Woodside.
"The preliminary report is that the sun was at an angle, the driver could not see that stone pile, avoided it by doing a maneuver and couldn't recover and hit the structure," Buffalo Schools Transportation Director Al Diamico said.
"I heard the bang and I came out to see. And she went over the sand pile that's what it was. Maybe she was trying to avoid the cars on the street I don't know. But she catapulted right into the house," one witness said.
19 students were on the bus at the time. According to bus officials, 4 of the students have been taken to Women and Children's Hospital for precautionary reasons. The driver suffered multiple injuries, believed to be non-life threatening.
At least two people were in the home at the time of the incident but they apparently were not injured.
The bus and house were damaged. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Buffalo police accident investigation unit.
Late Thursday, Buffalo Police released the name of the contractor responsible for dumping the stone on the street, Master's Edge, which was intended for construction use on the street sidewalks. Police put out this statement,"As per the contract with the city, the contract prohibits dumping or storing gravel on a city right of way. The contractor is therefore responsible for any damages incurred as a result of this accident."
Another source tells Eyewitness News that the GPS system on the bus registered that the vehicle traveled under the speed limit for the entire duration of the time it was on West Woodside Avenue.
A spokesperson for the Buffalo Public Schools told Eyewitness News that the children were on their way to Lorraine Academy