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Somersworth accident involving COAST bus injures four

SOMERSWORTH - Four people were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a collision Friday morning between a COAST bus and a Hyundai Elantra.

The crash happened about 7:35 a.m. at Franklin and Main streets.

Capt. Russell Timmons said Maximilian Hennessy, 17, of Rollinsford was driving the Elantra. He pulled out of the Preservation Park apartment complex into the path of the bus, operated by Sean Edemen of New Durham, that was heading south on Main Street, according to a preliminary investigation.

Timmons said the bus hit the Elantra in the front fender on the driver's side. Hennessy, he said, told the investigating officer that parallel parked cars blocked his view of the bus.

The crash is still under investigation, but Hennessy is expected to be issued a summons for either failure to yield or driver inattention.

Sixteen people were on the bus, including the driver, and four of the passengers were taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital for treatment of minor bumps and bruises, Timmons said. Neither Hennessy nor his passenger was injured.

COAST sent another bus to the scene to take the remaining passengers to their destinations.

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