Connecticut School Bus Driver Killed in Fiery Crash

Two drivers were killed after a four vehicle crash in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo courtesy of ctpost.)
Two drivers were killed after a four vehicle crash in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo courtesy of ctpost.)

On June 3, Verlean Douglas, 67, was killed after her First Student school bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in East Hartford, Connecticut, reported ctpost.

The driver of the truck, Norman Blair Bliss, 52, of Pennsylvania, was also killed in the crash. Three tractor-trailers were reportedly stopped on Interstate 84 in the center lane, with the school bus stopped behind the three trucks.

Bliss’ truck was also traveling in the center lane when the driver applied the brakes but was unable to stop in time. The tractor-trailer truck was reportedly forced into the rear of the school bus, causing the school bus to rear-end the truck in front of it.

Bliss’ truck then caught fire, which spread to the school bus and the other two trucks. No students were onboard the school bus at that time.

The crash remains under investigation.