Witnesses describe chaotic school bus crash that killed man in Berwick

A chaotic crash, involving a school bus, killed a man in Berwick. (WGME)

BERWICK (WGME) -- A chaotic crash, involving a school bus, killed a man in Berwick.

Police say the Sanford man died, after his car was hit from behind and pushed right into the path of the bus.

Thursday afternoon, police identified the victim as 31-year-old Jeremiah Smith.

Most witnesses were still too upset Thursday to talk with CBS 13 on camera, but they say the crash was a violent scene they wish they'd never seen.

More than 24 hours after a 3-vehicle crash that killed a Sanford man, pieces of debris mark the scene near Portland Street and Old Route 4.

Police say an SUV rear-ended a car driven by Jeremiah Smith of Sanford. The car was pushed into the path of a school bus, and the two vehicles crashed seconds later.

People who work across the street rushed out to see what happened, and how they could help.

Police say Smith was taken to a New Hampshire hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The superintendent of MSAD 35 says the bus had just left the transportation department and no students were on the bus.

She says the bus driver is very experienced and careful, and calls this a terrible, terrible accident. She says the driver of the school bus is shaken but not physically hurt.

Berwick police say they are working with state police to reconstruct the scene and learn more about what happened.

Police say at this point, no charges are expected, but that could change during the investigation.

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