Shrewsbury woman dies as a result of bus crash

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Shrewsbury woman dies as a result of bus crash
Shrewsbury police are responding to a crash involving a school bus. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

UPDATE: This article has been updated with the name of the victim.

SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury woman has died after she was injured during a crash involving a school bus on Sept. 15.

The Office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. has identified the victim as April Handley, 49.

The Shrewsbury Police Department responded to a crash on South Quinsigamond Avenue that involved a school bus and passenger vehicle at about 10:55 a.m. 

According to a press release from the Shrewsbury Police Department, first responders determined there were no students on the bus at the time of the crash. However, the bus driver and an aide complained of injuries.

Police noted that the sole person in the vehicle – reportedly Handley – had sustained “more serious” injuries. 

She was then transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center. Police said she succumbed to her injuries shortly after.

Yesterday afternoon, Shrewsbury police posted on Facebook that South Quinsigamond was closed between Ridgeland Road and Oak Street.

At the scene of the crash, which took place near the intersection of May Street and South Quinsigamond, the SUV driven by the Shrewsbury woman had damage to the front of the vehicle. The bumper was also nearly detached from the SUV. 

The A.A. Transportation bus was on the sidewalk and had damage to the front portion. 

In an email to Shrewsbury Public Schools staff and families, the district confirmed the bus did not have students aboard at the time of the crash, which took place near Coolidge Elementary School.

The crash is under investigation by the Shrewsbury Police Department, the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Crash Recon Team and Office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

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