Five hurt in Fitchburg bus crash

Five people were injured in a collision between a MART bus and a minivan at the intersection of Lunenburg Street and Klondike Avenue just before 2 p.m. Monday.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan minivan was seatbelted and none of the injuries were considered life-threatening, said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Curran.

“Scary. I don’t think I want to get on another bus right now,” said bus rider Laura Therrien, of Fitchburg, just before another MART bus picked her up.

She was not injured and joined several other riders on the second bus.

The bus careened into a utility pole in front of Foster Insurance and Massachusetts Avenue Chiropractic across from the intersection with Klondike Avenue.

The driver of the minivan and most of the bus riders were still in the vehicles when emergency workers arrived, he said.

Victims were taken to HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster by the fire department’s and MedStar ambulances.

About eight bus riders declined treatment, Curran said.

Traffic was detoured while the roadway was closed between John Fitch Highway and Robinson Street so the utility pole could be replaced.

About 1,000 Unitil customers were taken off-line while the pole was replaced, said utility spokeswoman Carol Valianti.

Power was restored about 5:35 p.m.

“We had to take the circuit off-line to fix the pole,” Valianti said.

The bus remained up against the pole until Unitil workers arrived because it appeared to be the only thing holding it up, Curran said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, said officer Paul McNamara.

“The buses all have a video recorder in them, so we’ll be able to get evidence off that,” McNamara said.