A Bethel School District bus was involved in a motor vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Roy. None of the ten students on board or the driver was injured, according to Krista Carlson, Director of Communications for BSD.
The Bethel bus had no culpability in the accident, and was stopped at a stop sign when two other vehicles collided into each other and then slide off the road and crashed into the bus.
Washington State Patrol Trooper K.N. Gregerson told the Mountain News that the bus was heading southbound on Kinsman Road in Roy when it came to a stop at the intersection of SR 702, also known as Tanawax Highway.
At the same time, a vehicle heading east on Tanawax initiated a turn onto Kinsman, desiring to head north past the bus.
However, a third vehicle, this one cruising eastbound on Tanawax Highway, failed to yield to the car making the turn. They collided, and the momentum of the crash threw them into the front of the stopped school bus.
Judging from the smashed front of the bus, the impact appeared to have been moderate.
Neighbors told the Mountain News that “a lot of kids” were standing around after the crash” and a “lots of aid cars” came to the scene. BSD sent a second bus to pick up the stranded school children.
Trooper Gregerson said that two children in the car making the turn were injured and were transported to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma. The extent of their injuries was not revealed.
The driver of that car was also transported to the hospital, but their injuries were described as minor.
The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.
Traffic was back-up on Tanawax for several hours, and folks heading towards McKenna and Roy or to Eatonville had to discover long round-about means of reaching their destination.
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Mark and I were heading toward Eatonville from McKenna at the time of this accident and got to the scene at about 4:45-5:00. We were fortunate to have only a five minute-ten minute delay in the eastward direction we were heading in. Lots of onlookers.
hi if anyone wants to listen to Bethel school District on there scanner Buses. I have there radio frequency 151.685 mhz PL 123.0