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Five hurt, driver trapped when bus plows into Massachusetts home

Christine Peterson / Telegram & Gazette

The driver is wheeled to a waiting ambulance Monday, July 24, after the bus crashed into a house in Aubturn, Mass.

At least five people, including three children, were injured Monday when a transit bus plowed into a house in Auburn, Mass., knocking it several feet off its foundation, authorities said.

The driver, who was trapped in the dark blue Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus for 75 minutes after it rammed into the home about 5:05 p.m. ET, was in serious condition, Auburn Fire Capt. Eric Otterson said.

Three children and an adult in the house, on the corner of an intersection in Auburn, about 50 miles west of Boston, were treated for minor injuries, he said.

Otterson said there was a passenger on the bus, as well, but there was no immediate word on whether that person was injured.


Auburn fire officials said in a statement that the bus moved the house 7 feet off its foundation. Multiple agencies worked for over an hour to free the driver.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis told The Worcester Telegram & Gazette that the brakes weren't applied.

The bus remained half in and half out of the house Monday evening as crews tried to figure out what to do with it.

A shoring team was dispatched to prop up the house after a building inspector said the bus was likely all that was holding it up, the Telegram reported, quoting fire officials.

Zoya Khan of NBC News contributed to this report.

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