NEAR MOLALLA, Ore. – A school bus was knocked over onto its side after being hit by a semitrailer Tuesday at the intersection of South Gibson and Kropf roads.
According to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Marcus Mendoza, there were two students, 12- and 13- year-old girls, on the bus, and they were taken to the hospital after they complained of pain. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
He said the bus driver stopped at the stop sign, thought the road was clear and then drove into the intersection. But the driver didn't see the truck until it was too late.
The empty truck, from a dairy, had the right of way, Mendoza said, and the driver said he was going about 40 mph when the bus pulled in front of him. He could not stop in time and the wet pavement and light rain did not help matters.
The truck hit the side the girls were sitting and the collision knocked the bus over. The truck jackknifed.
From Jet Ranger 2 a large dent could be seen in the right side of the bus near the rear wheels.
The accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. and Mendoza said the bus driver was cited for failing to properly obey a traffic control device.
The bus was from the Molalla River School District.