Yarmouth man severly injured in crash with New Gloucester school bus

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NEW GLOUCESTER  — A 59-year-old Yarmouth man received life-threatening injuries June 10 when his car collided head-on with a school bus carrying 10 third- and fourth-grade students on Route 231.

No students were injured in the crash, but Robert Doughty Jr. of Yarmouth was taken by LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with life-threatening injuries, according to a release from Capt. Donald Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Goulet on Tuesday said he has not received an update on Doughty’s condition. He said the hospital is only required to notify the Sheriff’s Office if Doughty died.

The driver of the bus, Kathleen Allen, was taken by ambulance to CMMC with minor injuries.

Doughty was driving a 2015 Acura north on Route 231 near Penny Road when his car went off the right side of the road. Doughty over-corrected and crossed the road into the path of the Maine School Administrative District 15 school bus driven by Allen.

The 2010 International bus and the Acura were both heavily damaged.

The 9- and 10-year-old students were taken by a second bus to Burchard A. Dunn Elementary School, according to Bob Beasley, superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 15, which includes Gray and New Gloucester.

The Maine Department of Transportation closed Route 231 for about three hours while the crash was investigated. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office reconstruction team is investigating the crash.