On March 18, at approximately 8:54 a.m., Vermont State Police
responded to a two vehicle crash involving a school bus on US Route
4, approximately one half mile west of US Route 7, in Rutland Town,
Investigation revealed that Darlene Erwin, age 68 from Bomoseen,
was operating a school bus, owned by Fair Haven Union High School,
within the outside eastbound travel lane on US Route 4 when she had
stopped the bus at the railroad crossing due to the railroad's
flashing red lights. Meanwhile, Paulette Sheldon, age 66 from
Granville, NY, was traveling eastward within the same lane and
failed to stop before colliding into the rear of the bus.
Although the bus stained minor damage to the rear bumper,
Paulette Sheldon's 2010 Toyota Yaris sustained extensive damage
throughout the front end. Sheldon was soon transported to Rutland
Hospital, once paramedics safely removed her from the car. Both
drivers were wearing there seatbelts.
The 15 Fair Haven Union High School students on the bus advised
that they were not injured including the bus driver, Darlene
Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this crash.
The Rutland Town Fire Department and Rutland Regional Ambulance
Service assisted at the crash scene. Sheldon's vehicle was towed
away by a local tow service and the bus was driven away.