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West Hartford Police Find Tractor Trailer Driver at Fault in Bishops Corner Collision

The significantly-damaged CT Transit bus was towed from the scene of a crash in West Hartford on Wednesday morning. Courtesy of Dennis House (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford Police said Wednesday that the driver of a tractor trailer has been charged in connection with a crash that occurred on March 1, 2023.

Damage to the tractor trailer following a collision with a CT Transit bus in West Hartford Wednesday morning. Courtesy of Dennis House (we-ha.com file photo)

By Ronni Newton 

West Hartford Police have been investigating a March 1 collision between a tractor trailer and a CT Transit bus that sent the operator of the bus to the hospital and snarled traffic for hours on a busy Bishops Corner roadway, and announced Wednesday that the operator of the tractor trailer has been found at fault.

Police said that Akeshpal Singh, 58, of Fresno, CA, has been charged with one count of failure to obey a traffic control signal in connection with the incident, which occurred at approximately 5:06 a.m. at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive/King Philip Drive and Albany Avenue. The intersection was closed for several hours for clean-up and investigation.

The driver of the bus, who was the only occupant, has been identified as Donald Jones, 54, of East Hartford. Police said he “did not contribute to the cause of the collision.”

Jones was entrapped due to the crash and required extrication by the West Hartford Fire Department. He was transported to a local hospital with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not have any update Wednesday regarding his condition.

Singh did not report any injuries resulting from the crash.

The West Hartford Police Department’s Traffic Division investigated the incident, and anyone with further information is asked to contact police at 860-523-5203 or via the anonymous tip line 860-570-8969 or email [email protected].

CT Transit, the state Department of Transportation, Connecticut State Police, and West Hartford Department of Public Works all assisted on the scene.

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