226. An Overturned School Bus
A school bus transporting Maxwell High School students
on the corner of Seally Street and Wilten
. The driver of the bus was trying to
hitting a car that passed a red light,
the bus overturned with 37 students inside. The
suffered minor injuries to the face, and two
broke their arms.
Roger Peterson, Principal of Maxwell
School, said that the driver was not at
. His reaction helped prevent any serious injuries. As
as the bus overturned, the driver opened the
using the emergency handle and started evacuating the
one by one. He notified the police of
students that were injured.
"We teach our drivers
ensure the safety of the students first," Peterson
. The driver, whose name is not being released
the moment due to an investigation, along with
two students are being treated at Belmont Hospital.
parents were notified as soon as possible by
According to John Pineda, who witnessed the
, the school bus almost hit the car. "The
wasn't going that fast, but the other car
. If the bus had hit the car, those
inside would surely have been seriously injured, or
," Pineda said. Pineda also said that the driver
the school bus took precaution to turn where
weren't walking. If he were to have made
right, rather than a left, he would have
hit people that were crossing the street.
a statement saying that the students who were
the bus could miss school the next day
make sure they were okay, and relax with
family. According to Peterson, the police provided him
a list of students that were involved in
accident. Police are looking for the driver of
car that passed the red light. It was
white Honda Civic.