CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A trip home from a band concert turned into broken glass and screaming Tuesday morning following a three-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near Sandy.
The crash involving a school bus closed part of Highway 26 at Southeast Orient Drive just before 10 a.m.
In total, six ambulances were sent to the scene and 10 people were rushed to various hospitals with what troopers say were minor injuries, according to officials. Seven students were hospitalized and two students were treated at the scene.
Clackamas firefighters say the driver of the school bus was trapped and had to be extricated before being transported to an area hospital.
Students remaining at the scene were sheltered on another bus and later taken back to Alice Ott Middle School, where they could either continue the school day, or go home.
Josiah Davis was one of the student aboard the bus when it crashed Tuesday morning.
“It just jerked forward, and I look up, and the glass is just shattered,” Davis said.
Spoke to a student on the bus involved in the crash this morning on Hwy. 26. Says he was scrolling through Instagram when suddenly there was a jolt and a bunch of screaming. Luckily we’re told there were just minor injuries. Pic from OSP. pic.twitter.com/jzVltB2Y2a— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) March 12, 2019
OSP says one of the three vehicles involved likely ran a red light, sending the bus careening into a ditch.
“Paramedics pulled us aside and made sure everyone was okay,” Davis said.
Larry Davis, Josiah’s dad, said he is relived his son wasn’t hurt.
“Gave him a call and everything, and he said that they had been in an accident, the bus was in a little bit of a ditch and hit a couple cars,” Larry Davis said. “…once I heard everything was okay, I was like, alright, all is good.”
The David Douglas School District says the bus driver who was involved in the crash was a parent volunteer. The extent of the driver’s injuries were not immediately clear.
Clackamas Fire said the sole occupants of the other two vehicles involved were also taken to an area hospital. Their injuries were minor.
All eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Highway 26 were closed due the crash. The highway reopened just before 11:30 a.m.
OSP was assisted at the scene by AMR, ODOT, Clackamas Fire Department, Sandy Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
OSP is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Sr. Trooper Reel at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP.
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