The driver behind the wheel of a school bus that slammed into a utility pole on Tuesday afternoon was apparently reaching for his cell phone just before the crash, police said.
Alan Werner, 52, was transporting nine Tomlinson Middle School students home in Fairfield when he veered off Burr Street around 3:30 p.m. and hit the utility pole, police said.
The pole snapped in half and electrical wires dangled, briefly trapping the students inside.
No one was hurt,
The Connecticut Post reports that Werner was charged on Wednesday with driving while distracted.
"That's why the new law was put into effect," Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a Fairfield police spokesman, told the Post. "We don't want people driving distracted. We want them to be focused on the road."