Department News

2012 June 18 School Bus Accident

Bus Accident

On June 18th at 2:47pm multiple 911 call were received reporting a motor vehicle accident on Middlesex Road at Westford Road with unknown injuries.  Officers arrived and observed a small yellow school bus had struck a minivan school bus from behind.

Investigation revealed that the operator of the small yellow school bus had reportedly been tailgating the minivan school bus prior to the accident.  When the minivan bus stopped at the intersection, the small yellow bus struck it from behind causing rear end damage and breaking the rear window and pushing the minivan into the intersection.

The operator of the small yellow school bus, Erik K Paulik 37yrs old of 170 Amherst Street Apt #21 in Manchester NH, was questioned and then given a series of field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested for

1. Operating under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor

2. Child Endangerment while Operating under the Influence

3. Fail to slow approaching an intersection

He was held at the Tyngsborough Police Station on $10,000 cash bail to await court in the morning, he will be arraigned at Lowell District Court.

There were no reported injuries, the small yellow school bus contained two adult bus monitors and four students, the minivan school bus had four student passengers.  The students were leaving a school in Chelmsford, the small yellow school bus is owned by a company in Manchester NH, the minivan is registered in Westford MA.

Released by: Deputy Chief Richard Burrows