COLVILLE, Wash. – Two students, a school bus driver and a semi-truck driver were transported to the hospital following a school bus crash on Highway 395 near Colville Friday morning, Washington State Patrol troopers confirmed.
WSP confirmed the students had minor injuries, but the bus driver, Tronalie Draft, 38, suffered serious injuries. The semi-truck driver, Buddy McBride, 34, complained of back pain. Those with injuries were taken to Mount Carmel Hospital.
Twenty-five students and the bus driver were on board when the bus crashed.
The students that were uninjured were placed in the custody of Colville School District officials while they waited for parent pickup at Hughes Craft Boat Shop, which is adjacent to the scene.
SR395 William Lk Rd trooper on scene advising kids up walking around with no serious injuries so far. 25 kids on bus and bus driver.— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) April 14, 2017
The school bus collided with the semi-truck on Highway 395 near Williams Lake Road around 7:20 a.m. Authorities said the bus driver was making a left turn on to Highway 395 as the semi traveled north. Officials said the school bus did not yield and the semi crashed into the front of the bus near the driver's seat.
First responders quickly responded to the scene.
SR395 at Williams Lk Rd no life threatening injuries. Fire and Medics on scene.— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) April 14, 2017
The road was partially blocked and reopen around 2:00 p.m., about seven hours after the crash.
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