Follow Up on Chamberlain Road School Bus Accident
The following information was supplied by the Westford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The following are entries from the Westford Police log for Nov. 20, 21 and 22.
Additional information is available in certain cases from the Westford Police Records Department for a nominal fee.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
6:41 p.m. - A 52-year-old Billerica man was arrested and taken into protective custody after a traffic stop on Tech Park Drive.
He was also charged with operating under the influence of liquor and car light violations.
Oct. 2, 2:52 p.m. - Police closed off Chamberlain Road following an accident involving a school bus.
According to police reports, the driver of a pickup truck heading north on Chamberlain saw a pedestrian and slammed on the brakes, avoiding the pedestrian, but sliding into the opposite lane due to wet road conditions.
The driver of the bus, which was coming around a corner in the road near where the collision happened, corroborated this and also tried to slam on the brakes, but could not avoid the impact.
Ten of the 26 seats on the bus were not occupied by children, no injuries were reported from either of the drivers or any of the bus passengers.
Police determined that speed played no role in the crash.
A day later, police found the pedestrian, who said he was walking to a friend's house to borrow a truck and he crossed the road near the corner where the incident happened.
He saw the school bus, which was corroborated by another witness who contacted police a week later, but did not see the pickup truck until it started to skid and made a loud noise.
Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m. - Several items were stolen from a pair of vehicles on Lillian Road worth an estimated $600. Another in-vehicle theft with stolen items worth an estimated $240 was reported on Stratton Hill Road shortly thereafter.
According to reports, none of the vehicles' doors were locked.
Nov. 15, 12:47 p.m. - After the Westford Fire Department extinguished a fire in a Lincoln Avenue basement, police were on the scene to follow up.
According to the home owner, the fire likely came from a wood stove in his basement and at one point, the entire house was filled with smoke.
Firefighters indicated that the fire itself was limited to just parts of the basement and first floor interior walls.
No criminal activity is currently suspected.