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Students Escape Injury After School Van Crash 

Charlestown — No one was injured yesterday morning when a van carrying 10 students from the New England Classical Academy went off Route 12, through a guardrail and into a stand of young trees.

The accident happened just after 8 across from Whelen Engineering on a slight uphill. Charlestown Police Chief Ed Smith said they are not sure of the cause but believe it may have been a medical issue with the driver, who was not identified.

Smith said he talked to two witnesses, one of who was behind the van as it headed north.

“They said it was going very slow and just drifted across the southbound lane into the guardrail,” Smith said.

Other vehicles stopped and helped get the students and driver out. A bus from SAU 60 transported the students to parking lot a short distance away where they were checked by Charlestown and Springfield ambulance personnel.

NECA then sent another van to bring the students to the Claremont school.