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UPDATED: Serious school bus accident in Wellsville


Read full report by the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp

Details are limited, almost 20 children involved

By Andrew Harris

Statement from Wellsville Central Schools:

This morning, there was an accident involving a Wellsville CSD bus that was transporting secondary students to the Secondary School. The bus number was 156 on route 7. The safety of our students is our main priority. As a precaution, the driver and students are being transported to Jones Memorial.

From the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp”


At approximately 0719hrs this morning Wellsville EMS and Rescue, Wellsville Fire, and the New York State Police were dispatched to respond to State Route 19 South of the Village of Wellsville for a reported Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment. Initial reports indicated that there was an occupied school bus that was struck head on by a passenger car.

Upon the first in ambulance’s arrival it was determined that the school bus was occupied by 20 individuals and that there was minor injuries within the bus and the entrapment was confirmed and an MCI was declared. Emergency Services worked diligently and rapidly to provide immediate treatment, extrication, and triage to all subjects involved in the incident. All patients were tended to and in total, 21 patients were transported to Jones Memorial Hospital via various methods.

The following agencies operated as part of this incident:

Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Inc.

Andover Volunteer Fire Department

Genesee Volunteer Fire Department and EMS – Department 37

Independence Emergency Squad

Jones Memorial Hospital

Medical Transport Service, Inc.

New York State Department of Transportation

New York State Police

Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department

Wellsville Central School District

New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS – Western Office

Allegany County EMS Coordinator VanHousen

Jones Memorial Hospital

Wellsville Ambulance would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all agencies who assisted us with this incident, especially the Jones Memorial Hospital for their extreme level of preparedness and ability to adapt to the unknown that was being presented to them. We would ask that everyone keep the victims of this incident in your thoughts and prayers in their healing process.

Lucas T. Greene, AEMT-CC

1st Asst. EMS Chief

Wellsville Ambulance”

There are very few solid details to report but this is what is known:

  • A vehicle-school bus accident occurred a little after 730am at the intersection of St. Route 19 and Van Ness Lane(south of the village of Wellsville.)
  • There are no life threatening or critical injuries that have been reported
  • The crash as been deemed a “mass casualty event,” which does NOT indicate mass injuries. As a local first responder explained:

“Mass casualty doesn’t always pertain to injuries it refers to the number of patients vs the number of resources available. All 18 kids had to be evaluated making them patients even though they may not be injured.”

  • Due to resources available, several local ambulance squads have deployed to Wellsville to provide “standby” services.

We will update this story as facts emerge and we expect a statement from the Wellsville Central School this morning.

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