Man Charged in Crash With School Bus Carrying Campers

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014  |  Updated 2:40 PM EDT
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Man Charged in Crash With School Bus Carrying Campers

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A Cheshire man is facing charges after police say he crashed his pickup truck into a school bus carrying campers.

A 31-year-old Cheshire man is facing charges after crashing his pickup truck into another car and a school bus carrying campers, then veering off the road and striking a utility pole in Orange, according to police.

Police said Michael Kilday was towing landscaping equipment eastbound on Route 34/Derby Avenue near Route 121/Grassy Hill Road in Orange and was “unable to stop for traffic ahead.” Kilday swerved into another car, then struck a school bus carrying children from a day camp in New Haven and ultimately collided with a pole.

Kilday and the driver of the second car were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to police. Five people on the bus were taken to the hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. Their names and ages have not been released.

Kilday was charged with driving with a suspended license and following too close. He’s due in court July 28.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information is asked to call Cheshire police Officer Sean Murphy at 203-891-2130.

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