In New Jersey, a school bus carrying children was reported missing after it failed to show up at a local school.
Authorities became concerned when they realized the bus had been missing for over half an hour.
However, it was later discovered that the bus had been involved in a minor crash.
The incident occurred when the bus, designated as number 20, was running about an hour late to pick up students from Mount Orb School.
Unfortunately, the driver lost his way in Bridgewater and ended up colliding with the back of a tractor-trailer.
Thankfully, the police quickly located the bus and responded to the scene.
Officers immediately took action, parking the bus and tending to the distressed driver.
Recognizing that the situation was concerning for the children on board, the officers escorted them off the bus and ensured their safety.
Remarkably, despite the frightening experience, the children appeared to handle the situation well, although it is likely they were still in shock.
Following the incident, the children were examined by emergency medical services and the school nurse before being allowed to board another bus and finally head to school.
Some parents were given the option to bring their children home instead.
The driver, an 80-year-old resident of Somerville, has been identified and was found to have experienced a medical emergency while driving along Route 22.
Witnesses at a nearby gas station noticed his disoriented state as he pulled in and out of the station.
To support the students in processing the event, counselors were present at the school to speak with them.
One counselor mentioned that the children seemed to be coping well, considering the circumstances.
While the incident had a fortunate outcome with no major injuries reported, it serves as a reminder of the importance of prioritizing the safety of school transportation and ensuring that drivers are in good health and able to perform their duties effectively.