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Molalla School bus crashes into car, bus driver cited

At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the bus collided with a car at Molalla Avenue and Shirley Street. No injuries were reported.


by: MOLALLA POLICE OFFICER CURTIS THORMAN - A Molalla school bus crossed into the northbound lane of Molalla Avenue, hitting a Ford Mustang Wednesday morning. The bus driver was cited for careless driving.A Molalla school bus crashed into a car at the intersection of Molalla Avenue and Shirley Street at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Seven middle school students were on the bus at the time of the crash, but no students were injured, said Molalla Superintendent Tony Mann.

The students were taken to school by another bus, he said.

Molalla Police cited the driver of the First Student, Inc. bus for careless driving, said Officer Curtis Thorman.

Thorman, the officer on the scene, said the school bus pulled out from Shirley Street making a right hand turn onto Molalla Avenue, when the bus crossed the line into the northbound lane and T-boned a white Ford Mustang traveling northbound on Molalla Avenue, hitting the car on the passenger side.

This is the fifth First Student school bus accident to take place in the Molalla River School District in the past two years. Last month, a Molalla school bus pulled down a live power line on Vaughan Road, trapping the lone passenger, a little girl, and the driver in the bus for nearly an hour until the power lines could be disconnected.

by: MOLALLA POLICE OFFICER CURTIS THORMAN - The school bus crashed into the passenger side of this Ford Mustang, which was northbound on Molalla Avenue.Molalla River Superintendent Tony Mann said he has once again voiced strong concern to First Student regarding the accidents.

“I spoke this morning with First Student regional and corporate executives, and I have communicated our expectations that First Student must do whatever it takes to analyze these and other recent incidents and take preventative measures,” Mann said. “Our children are our community’s most precious assets, and I am very grateful the incident today did not result in any injuries.

“I believe every First Student driver starts the day to have a safe, accident-free route,” Mann said. “But we are concerned about the frequency of the incidents. I’ve heard local and regional First Student leadership express concern as well. And I expect them to take measures to deeply analyze these most recent incidents and to provide training and retraining for drivers. The community would like to see those accident free routes a reality.”

First Student representatives from both the Molalla office on Tolliver Road and the regional office declined to comment.



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