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Charges pending against SUV driver who sideswiped bus in Wheatfield, injuring 5 students

WHEATFIELD – Five North Tonawanda High School students suffered minor injuries when an SUV sideswiped their school bus on Nash Road on Wednesday morning, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the SUV also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital after the crash, which happened at about 11 a.m. north of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The SUV, driven by Donald McGuire Jr., 36, of Ransomville, was heading north when it drifted into the southbound lane, the Sheriff's Office said.

All five students were taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda - two by ambulance and three by private vehicle - while McGuire was transported to Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. The bus driver and 20 other students, who were heading back to the high school from the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, were not injured, authorities said.

McGuire's vehicle also struck a utility pole and came to rest in a driveway on the west side of Nash.

McGuire was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and issued several vehicle and traffic citations. He's due in Wheatfield Town Court on June 14. Other charges are pending, the Sheriff's Office said.

The initial report from the Sheriff's Office said only two students were injured.

 

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