Three students injured during Bellevue School Bus collision
October 23, 2009 · Updated 4:21 PM
A dump truck collided with a school bus carrying Medina Elementary students this afternoon on SR-9 near Monroe.
Three students were taken to Evergreen Hospital for precautionary reasons. Their injuries were minor, according to Washington State Patrol spokesman Brandon Lee.
Forty-four children between the ages of 8 and 10 were on the bus, Lee said. A second Bellevue school bus picked up the uninjured children and drove them back to Medina Elementary.
Calls about the accident came in around 1:40 p.m.
Lee said the bus was approaching heavy traffic on southbound Highway 9 and began to slow when it was struck from behind by the dump truck, which was "unable to stop."
The State Patrol is investigating why the dump truck, which was carrying wood chips, didn't stop.
"It didn't appear it was raining at the time, but the roadway was wet," he said.
The bus was returning from a field trip to a pumpkin patch, according to Bellevue School District spokeswoman Ann Oxrieder.
Traffic on Highway 9 will be alternating until at least 4:30 p.m. as troopers complete their investigation and remove the damaged vehicles from the road.