By ROGER DuPUIS
BRASHER FALLS A St. Lawrence Central School student was listed in critical condition in a Vermont hospital Tuesday night after police said she and two siblings were struck by a car driven by another student as they were waiting for a school bus.
A spokesman for Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., confirmed that Brittany L. Brothers, 19, was at the facility later Tuesday. Information about the condition of her two injured siblings, both juveniles, was not available.
State police at Massena said Camren J. Campeau, 18, was northbound on County Route 53 at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control on the slippery highway and drove a 2006 Toyota Matrix off the west side of the road into Ms. Brothers, Scott T. Brothers, 17, and their 10-year-old sister, whose name was not released. The trio were waiting to catch the school bus at the end of their familys driveway, approximately a mile out of the hamlet of Brasher Falls.
Sgt. James A. Lobdell said the siblings were initially taken to Massena Memorial Hospital, with the elder Ms. Brothers apparently the most seriously hurt, having sustained internal injuries. Mr. Brothers reportedly suffered minor head and neck injuries, while the youngest sibling may have sustained broken bones, Sgt. Lobdell said, Tuesday afternoon, adding that there were plans to transport them to Vermont for further care.
Mr. Campeau was not believed to have been injured, but is pretty broken up, School Superintendent Stephen M. Putman said.
The bus for which the siblings were waiting was the first vehicle to arrive on the scene, Mr. Putman said. While students on the bus did not see the crash, he understood some may have seen its aftermath.
An email was sent to faculty and staff encouraging them to refer distraught students for counseling if necessary.
Certainly our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured students, Mr. Putman said.
Troopers were still investigating the crash Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Lobdell said, with speed not reasonable and prudent on the snowy road suspected as a factor. Contacted later, troopers said two tickets had been issued, but the charges were not immediately available.