WEBSTER, NY – A horrific, fiery accident occurred Wednesday afternoon when a sedan failed to stop at a stop sign. According to local law enforcement, the fatal incident took place when the car collided with a school bus at the intersection. The driver of the sedan, along with his pet dog, did not survive the crash.
The sedan was traveling north on Webster Road when it ran the stop sign and crashed into a Wayne Central school bus on Lake Road. The impact forced both vehicles off the paved road, and they caught on fire as a result.
The school bus was carrying 22 students and three adults, including the driver, on a field trip at the time of the accident. One student is currently receiving treatment for a leg injury, according to the Wayne Central School District and Webster police. The remaining passengers managed to escape the bus before it was engulfed in flames, sustaining only minor injuries.
In response to the incident, the school district dispatched a second bus. The driver of the sedan was identified as 73-year-old Webster resident William Fierstein, who passed away in the crash along with his dog.
The intersection of Lake and Webster Road has since been reopened. Although the fire did not spread, local fire departments activated a Hazmat protocol as a precautionary measure due to fuel leakage from the bus. Webster Police Chief Dennis Kohlmeier explained that this was to prevent the fuel from entering the storm sewer system.
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