At least 10 injured after school bus, cars crash


BORING, Ore. (KOIN) — At least 10 people were injured on Tuesday morning after a school bus carrying 27 middle school students was involved in a crash with two cars in Clackamas County.

The crash happened along Highway 26 and SE Orient Drive near Sandy around 10 a.m., Clackamas Fire officials told KOIN 6 News. 

According to OSP, preliminary investigation shows the bus was driving westbound on Hwy 26 when it collided with a car at the intersection of Orient Drive. The crash caused the bus to cross into eastbound lanes where it struck another car before coming to a rest on the side of the highway.

A school bus and a car crashed on Highway 26 near Orient Drive, west of Sandy, March 12, 2019. (Courtesy to KOIN)

Capt. Tim Fox added that it was “apparent someone ran a red light at the intersection,” but it’s currently unclear who’s at fault.

Officials said the three drivers were taken to nearby hospitals, including the bus driver who had to be extricated. At least seven students suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital.

None of the injuries are believed to be serious.

The 21 students who weren’t hurt were loaded onto another bus and taken back to Alice Ott Middle School where parents picked them up. 

The bus, which is part of the David Douglas School District, was coming back from a band performance at Sandy High School when the crash happened.

Highway 26 at Orient Drive was closed in both directions but reopened shortly before 11:30 a.m.

While the bus has front-end damage, the other cars appeared to have gotten the worst of it.

Two cars and a school bus were involved in a crash on Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019. (KOIN)

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Mike Reel at 800.442.2068

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