Edwin Welch, 56 of Hartford, VT was driving an empty school bus east on Bugbee Street in Hartford. Welch stopped the bus, waiting to turn onto I91 N when Jake Hodgdon 18, also of Hartford, slammed into the rear of the First Student School bus with speed. According to the Hartford Police Department, Hodgdon was electronically distracted while driving. Members of the Hartford Fire Department advised that if Hodgdon was not wearing his seat belt, he probably would have been killed. Hodgdon received minor injuries.