BY REBECCA ISENHART
NISKAYUNA — A Niskayuna school bus traveling with no students on board was involved in an accident near Lock 7 around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. A driver and school bus monitor were aboard the bus and were transported to Ellis Hospital.
According to a press release from the Niskayuna Police Department, while traveling eastbound on Rosendale Road, the bus’s passenger side tires slipped off the pavement.
Operator Katherine Quinn, 55, of Syracuse, NY, steered the bus back onto the pavement. It crossed both lanes, left the pavement and collided with a tree.
Also on board was 37-year-old Alisha Williams, a support aide. Both passengers were transported to Ellis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Niskayuna Central Schools Communication Specialist Matt Leon said a transportation coordinator on the scene after the accident confirmed the two employees on the bus were were observed conscious and talking.
The town’s press release also indicated that the driver was wearing a seat belt, alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and no tickets have been issued, although the department is still investigating.
The bus had been on route to the Albany Career and Technical Center (CTE). Another vehicle was dispatched and delays were minimal. Rosendale Road was closed for two hours after the crash.