Photos courtesy Erie County Sherrif’s Department A truck hit a North Collins school bus Feb. 12 after running a stop sign, injuring the bus’s three occupants and the truck’s driver. The truck’s force of impact forced the bus onto its side.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported Feb. 14 the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a North Collins school bus last week was charged and released.

At approximately 3:12 p.m. Feb. 12, Erie County Deputies and members of the Sheriff’s Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) responded to a crash at the intersection of Shirley and Ketchum roads in North Collins.

A vehicle driven by Joseph Cala, 37, of Buffalo, ran a stop sign and struck the bus. The force of the impact forced the bus onto its side.

The bus’s three occupants — the driver, an aide and one student — were treated for minor injuries and released at the scene. Cala was also treated at the scene and later released.

Cala is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. His license was invalid due to an alcohol-related conviction.
He was also charged with three separate vehicle and traffic law violations including failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield the right of way and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver.

CIU is still investigating the incident.

The Deputy who serves as the School Resource Officer for North Collins’ school district also responded to the scene.