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Jeep Hits School Bus In January Incident On North Street

The following information came from the Westford Police Department.

Jan. 9, 11:46 a.m. – Officers were dispatched to a two car motor vehicle accident at Minot’s Corner.

The first vehicle, a black Mercedes, was at the Carlisle Road entrance of Cumberland Farms when the officer arrived. The other vehicle had New Hampshire license plates. Neither driver was injured.

According to the New Hampshire driver, the Mercedes came out of nowhere as she driving northbound on Carlisle Road, cutting her off and cutting across into the leftbound lane, causing a collision.

The Mercedes driver said that the New Hampshire driver “waved her on” as she left the Cumberland Farms parking lot and that the New Hampshire driver instead cut her off at a high speed.

After additional unspecified analysis, the officer issued a citation to the Mercedes driver.

Jan. 12, 7:26 a.m. – An officer was dispatched to the vicinity of Groton Road and North Street after reports of a crash involving a jeep and a school bus.

According to the driver of the school bus, the bus was travelling north on North Street when the bus driver observed the jeep coming south, entering North Street from Groton Road.

The driver indicated that the jeep driver failed to yield at the intersection and was travelling at a high rate of speed.

As the jeep entered the intersection, it slid into between lanes on North Street, hitting a snowbank and rebounding into the road, hitting the bus.

A passenger of the jeep indicated that the jeep was following other cars when it slid on North Street.

Yaw marks on the road confirmed that the jeep did slide across lanes on North Street, as did camera footage from the bus.

By the time officers had arrived, the driver of the jeep had been sent to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries. He was issued a summons to Lowell Juvenile Court with an unspecified charge and was also issued an unspecified citation.

Neither vehicle had any injured passengers. Student passengers on the bus were transferred to another bus.

Jan. 12, 1:43 p.m. – A resident on Patten Road noticed that several vehicles were violating the prohibition on travelling down the route during certain times of the day.

This resident reported it to police, and an officer parked on the side of the road the next day.

The officer only noticed one violation, although further traffic assignments were possible for the future.

Jan. 12, 3:15 p.m. – A member of the Westford Health Department went to the Westford Police Station to discuss an issue reported by a tenant of a Westford apartment building.

The tenant said that the heating system was malfunctioning and the tenant was involved in an ongoing dispute with his landlord.

An officer went to the apartment building to observe the tenant’s issues with the heating system, but the tenant was not home. The officer also tried calling the tenant to no avail.

At this point, police were able to contact someone identifying himself as the son-in-law of an unspecified person in the report.

This person said he had seen the tenant several hours earlier and was temporarily outside of his current residence in Boston due to ongoing renovations.

Jan. 12, 3:47 p.m. – While on patrol, an officer was dispatched to Plain Road for a reported suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle, described as a white Ford van with a blue stripe on the side, was parked in a Plain Road driveway with its driver knocking on the door of a home.

After arriving in the area, dispatch informed the officer that the van belonged to a representative of an insurance company. However, the officer could not find the vehicle, believing it had left the area.

The owner of the home told the officer that she heard a loud knocking on her front door and then on a side door. When hearing this, she looked into the driveway and saw the van, at which point she called police.

A second resident of the house said she felt uncomfortable with any insurance representatives, or anyone outside of police officers for that matter, coming to her home unannounced.

The officer contacted a representative of the company, who said he had been summoned to the home by a man living there earlier in the day.

The officer informed that the woman living at the home felt uncomfortable with his presence on the property and issued a no-trespassing order.