Train Stops Feet from School Bus Stuck on Tracks

By Bob Connors
|  Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:41 PM EDT
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Train Stops Feet from School Bus Stuck on Tracks

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There were some frightening moments in Norwalk when a school bus with 40 children on board stalled on Metro-North train tracks Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the bus, which had just left Silvermine Elementary School stopped at the crossing on Broad Street near Main Avenue around 4 p.m.  The driver looked both ways and began to cross the Metro-North tracks when the bus broke down, police said.

Just then, the railroad crossing gates lowered, alerting the driver that a train was approaching.  The driver immediately evacuated the bus and moved the students to a safe area.

The southbound Metro-North train stopped 10 feet from the bus, according to police.

Two students received minor injuries while evacuating the bus.  They were treated at the scene.

Officers at the scene commended both the First Student bus driver and the Metro-North train crew for their actions in preventing a more serious incident.

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