Car strikes school bus head-on in Saugerties

A Saugerties motorist lost control of her car on West Saugerties Rd. and struck a school bus head-on this afternoon, resulting in minor injuries for driver of the car and two students.

Police responded to the crash, which occurred near the Brady Rd. intersection, at 2:48 p.m. Police said the driver, Noel P. DeFino, was traveling east at an unsafe speed when she hit a patch of snow in the road, lost control of her vehicle and collided head on with a First Student school bus being operated by James R. Cook.

DeFino and two students were transported by Diaz Ambulance to the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus Hospital with minor injuries. The investigation is continuing.  DeFino will be charged with speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to keep right.