• WATCH: School bus driver accused of hitting tree, continuing with route


    RAYNHAM, Mass. – A school bus driver has been cited for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash with students still on the bus.

    Police say the bus was carrying students home from Raynham Middle School when she allegedly hit one tree then backed into another tree, causing the back window to shatter.

    “My face was right there and my face got bombarded with glass … my face my legs, all over my body," student Levenson Gabriel said.

    Francelle Fleurine, 34, of Attleboro was allegedly attempting to turn around near 80 Locust St. because she was running late when the collisions occurred.

    "Certainly, that's what was very concerning to us,' Assistant Superintendent Ryan Powers said. "We do understand that accidents do happen. But really, the lapse in judgment, at that point the driver really should have pulled over."

    The crash was recorded from on the bus by student Kelsey Sypher.

    “I saw a tree falling so I recorded so I could show my mom. Then she shattered a window so I kept recording," Kelsey said.

    Fleurine allegedly continued the route and dropped all of the children off before returning to the middle school, where she was met by police.

    Superintendent Derek Swenson released a statement saying Fleurine's decision to continue with her route after the crash was unacceptable.

    Swenson's son was also on the school bus.

    Fleurine is no longer driving for the Bridgewater-Raynham School District and police said she will be issued a summons to appear in court.

    "It's very upsetting," Powers said. "We don't want our kids to be terrified of riding the bus or to go through an experience like that."


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