Colton woman ticketed after rear-ending CPCS bus with 14 students aboard
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:28 pm

COLTON -- A Colton woman who was injured after she allegedly rear-ended a Colton-Pierrepont Central School bus last Friday morning has been issued two traffic tickets.

The driver of the car, Erika L. Ritter, was injured in the crash, which occurred at about 7:30 a.m. May 12 near the intersection of State Highway 56 and County Route 24, according to St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells.

Ritter, complaining of pain, was taken first to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Colton Rescue and later transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. There is no word on her condition.

Neither the 14 students on the bus nor the bus driver were injured, Sheriff Wells said.

Ritter has been issued two traffic tickets, one alleging she was following too closely and the other that she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Deputies said the bus was traveling south on SH 56, preparing to make a right turn onto CR 24 when it was rear-ended by the car, which was also traveling south.

State police, Potsdam rescue, Hannawa Falls Fire Department, Pierrepont Fire Department and Colton Fire and Rescue, in addition to sheriff’s deputies, were all on the scene assisting.

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