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November 13, 2013

Update: Three injured in school bus crash

NEW CASTLE — The season’s first snowfall left streets wet and icy yesterday, resulting in weather-related accidents.

The most serious involved a First Student school bus that was hit on the Mahoning Avenue viaduct. Both drivers and a 16-year-old youth riding the bus were injured.

New Castle police said Ashley Bennett, 26, of 720 Court St., was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis west on the ice-covered viaduct at 7:22 a.m. when her car slid on the icy street, striking a bridge abutment and the school bus that was eastbound on the bridge.

Police said 24 students were on the bus, which was driven by Edward Kocay, 51. One student, Anthony Magliocca, 16, of North Cedar Street, sustained a minor leg injury.

 Magliocca and Bennett were treated at Jameson Hospital and released. Police said Kocay had a minor injury, but the hospital had no record of treating him.

Police said Bennett’s vehicle was disabled as a result of the crash, and the school bus had no visible damage.

Officers said the viaduct was shut down after the accident until the road was treated.

Officers said about 3/8-inch of ice had formed on the bridge surface and emergency personnel had difficulty standing.

Jen Biddinger of First Student said yesterday that the bus was heading toward New Castle Junior-Senior High School at the time of the accident.

Police reported four other weather-related traffic accidents yesterday. Two were on the Grove Street bridge and one was at East Washington Street and Butler Avenue.

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