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Gresham PD respond to hit and run involving school bus

Posted: Updated: Sep 12, 2015 01:41 AM
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A search is underway for a driver who crashed into a Gresham school bus and took off running. Investigators say that driver was behind the wheel of a stolen car. 

This all happened right around 2:30 pm Friday near 190th and NE Glisan.  

Fortunately, no kids were on board the bus and the bus driver wasn’t seriously hurt, according to investigators.   

Those who live in the neighborhood say part of living by a busy road, is putting up with all sorts of traffic and the noise that comes along with it.  

“Traffic really does buzz by here pretty quick,” said home owner Timothy Youker.

But when Youker heard about the crash, he told FOX 12 it took his breath away.

“It made me nervous, I’m glad there were no kids on board.”

Youker tells FOX 12 he was a school bus driver for the Reynolds School District last year, and is passionate about keeping the kids in his neighborhood safe from reckless drivers.

“All of the kids in my neighborhood, they’re out playing basketball, the lady next door has ten kids, there are kids all over here,” said Youker.

Youker ended up painting a mural on his fence warning drivers to slow down.  It’s a matter of feet away from the crash.  He’s now feeling like something must be done to protect his street.  Perhaps, he says, a bigger mural.

“I’d like to see folks instead of having a plain fence, let’s put ‘slow down’ on it, or ‘watch out for children,’” said Youker.  There needs to be more signs out there, to protect the children, especially this time of year.”

Investigators say they are still looking for the driver of the car who crashed into that school bus. 

She is described as a light skinned black, or Hispanic woman.  If you know anything at all give Gresham police a call at 503-618-2719.

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