School van flips in Waltham; 3 students injured

Joyce Kelly

Black ice on roadways Monday caused several accidents, including a bus rollover that sent three schoolbound Newton teens to the hospital with minor injuries, said Detective Lt. Brian Navin.

At 7:28 a.m., a school van operated by YCN Transportation was traveling north near 52 Gore St. when the driver drove over black ice, lost control and struck a curb and small stone wall, Navin said.

Upon impact, the van flipped over, he said.

Emergency workers got out the three Carroll School students, ages 9, 11 and 13, through the passenger side windows, Navin said.

They were all wearing seat belts and had only minor injuries, but were taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a precaution, Navin said.

Police also notified their parents, he said.

The 42-year-old driver, whose name was not released, suffered a minor injury to his left arm, Navin said.

Just 20 minutes prior to the van rollover, police responded to another rollover caused by ice near 240 Beaver St., Navin said.

A Waltham man driving a Ford pickup truck slid on black ice and lost control of his truck, hit the curb, and the truck landed on its side, said Lt. Detective Steven Champeon.

No one was hurt or cited, but the truck had to be towed, he said.

Four minutes later at 7:12 a.m., police responded to a two-car collision at the same location, involving a Ford Mustang and an Acura TSX, Champeon said.

"Due to black ice, one car slid into the other. In the same area, one truck flipped on its side, and then there was a two-car collision. Obviously, it was the black ice that caused the accidents,'' Champeon said.

The Acura TSX driver had minor facial injury, and the Mustang driver was not hurt, he said.

Black ice is transparent, giving it the color of the surface beneath it and making it hard to detect.

As a matter of procedure, police always advise the Department of Public Works to put salt in areas where black ice has caused an accident, he said, so he expected the department salted it following the back-to-back accidents.

Joyce Kelly can be reached at 781-398-8005 or jkelly@cnc.com.