Clackamas Fire: Several students, bus driver taken to hospital after bus crash near Sandy

    A school bus was involved in a multi-vehicle crash 2 miles west of Sandy on March 12, 2019. Clackamas Fire says several students, the bus driver, and others were taken to the hospital. KATU photo

    BORING, Ore. – Several students, a bus driver, and two people in other vehicles were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after a three-vehicle crash involving a school bus west of Sandy, officials said.

    The students involved in the crash are from Alice Ott Middle School, from the David Douglas School District.

    Clackamas Fire says a total of 10 people were taken to hospitals. The drivers from the two SUVs involved in the crash, the bus driver, and seven students.

    AMR says the two SUVs involved in the crash were totaled. Ambulance units transported the 10 patents to Mt. Hood Medical Center, OHSU, and Legacy Emanuel.

    AMR says one patient suffered serious injuries and was transported to OHSU as a trauma system patient.

    Fire officials say had to extricate the bus driver.

    David Douglass School District says the students were on their way back from a band performance in Sandy when the crash occurred. There were 27 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

    The uninjured students were loaded onto a separate school bus and driven away from the scene.

    Crews responded to the crash at around 10 a.m. The crash caused crews to close Highway 26 at milepost 22, 2 miles west of Sandy. All lanes of Highway 26 reopened at around 11:45 a.m.

    Investigators say the bus was heading westbound on Highway 26 when it collided with a passenger car in the intersection of Orient Road. After the initial collision, Oregon State Police says the bus crossed into the eastbound lanes where it struck a second passenger car before coming to a stop on the eastbound shoulder.

    Police say alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash. Police say it appears someone ran a red light at the intersection.

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