Students were unloaded from one bus and transported on another to Miller Junior High School to start their school day this morning, maybe a little shaken, after a collision in South Aberdeen.
Damon Lillybridge with the Aberdeen Fire Department said that two students and the passenger of a Ford Ranger pickup truck were transported to Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The bus driver was uninjured. The driver of the pickup was treated at the scene and later given a ride to the hospital.
Students were peaking out of the windows when I arrived around 7:45 am Friday morning. Police directed Southbound State Route 105 traffic through the single right lane. Northbound traffic was being diverted over to South Lewis Street and around the accident.
It appeared that bus #113 was turning left onto West Harriman street from South Boone Street when an oncoming late model Ford Ranger pickup truck collided with the bus. There was no way to tell from the scene who was at fault, the Washington State Patrol was on scene conducting a routine investigation.
An Aberdeen School District bus carrying 32 students on its way to Miller Junior High School was involved in a collision at Boone and Harriman streets around 7:30 a.m.
Two students and the driver of the vehicle that apparently struck the bus were taken to the hospital by ambulance. A third student was transported by a parent, school district officials reported.
The remaining students were transported to school by another bus where they were evaluated by the school nurse and provided an opportunity to call their parents.
“I am pleased with the prompt and professional response from our police and paramedics, along with District staff,” Superintendent Henderson said. “I know how upsetting this is for our students and families. We are here for guidance and counseling should anyone need it.”
The bus driver, John Maki, was not injured, “although he was shaken and very concerned about his students,” Superintendent Henderson added. I know from another source that he also went to the school later today and spoke with some of the students that were on the bus.
For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 538-2002.