Friday, June 08, 2007

One way to deal with the kids... a little something to calm the nerves.

HAMMONTON, NJ —A school bus driver was drunk when she crashed her busload of children into another vehicle Monday morning, police said.

No children were injured when Regina Durham, of Williamstown, was making a left turn from Fairview Avenue onto Liberty Street in Hammonton around 7:20 a.m. and crashed her school bus into the front of a car being driven by Collings Lakes resident Anthony Carrelli, police said. Neither Durham nor Carrelli, 38, were injured, police said.

Durham, 45, was charged with reckless driving, careless driving, driving while intoxicated and driving with a commercial driver's license with a blood alcohol content level higher than .04, Detective John Panarello said. Durham's actual BAC level was not specified, but it was over the state legal limit of .08, Panarello said.

Fourteen students from Waterford Township, Camden County, were on the bus at the time of the crash, which was en route to Hammonton Middle School, police said.

Now, back in the day I would occasionally drink all night, take a shower and report for duty. But I was a young man then. And I wasn't driving a busload of kids. I was only computing weight and balance on military cargo planes, that's all.

I'm curious about the BAC, whether she had a little hair of the dog or was still loaded from the night before.

If you start at Atlantic City and drive on Route 30 toward Philly, you will hit Hammoton in about 25 miles.

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