On April 28, 2009 at 12:15 p.m. a Battle Ground School Bus was northbound on SR-503 in the right lane, just north of N.E. 149th Street. The driver, Nina Millard, a 39 year old female of Battle Ground had just stopped at the railroad crossing to clear it before continuing north. Approaching the bus in the right lane was a black 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Jace Delgado, a 22 year old male from Battle Ground.
Delgado was following an SUV which made a lane change to the left exposing the bus stopped in the right lane. Delgado observed the stop paddle deployed on the bus and attempted to swerve to the left but collided with the left rear of the bus. Delgado’s vehicle came to rest partially underneath the bus. The collision blocked both northbound lanes. Both Millard and Delgado were wearing their seatbelts.
Delgado received minor injuries and complained of back pain. He was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Millard was not injured and was the only occupant in the bus.
The investigation by the Washington State Patrol determined that Delgado was traveling at a speed too fast for conditions for which he was cited. Units from the Washington State Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 3, American Medical Response, and Washington Department of Transportation responded to the scene.