NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
An investigation revealed that the school bus was stopped, displaying flashing lights and the stop sign extended out. The driver of the Buick, Michael D. Patchen, age 56 of Conklin failed to observe the stopped school bus and rear-ended the bus. Two children had just entered the bus, just prior to the crash. A total of 27 elementary school students were on the bus, along with bus driver Mary C. Reardon, age 61.
Patchen was transported to Wilson Medical Center with injuries to his hands, they are considered non-life threatening. The children were evaluated on scene, transported onto another bus to Francis P. Donnelly Elementary School and evaluated by a school nurse; 15 of those children were ultimately transported to Wilson Medical Center for further evaluation.