School bus, logging truck collide near Oso

ARLINGTON - No one was injured April 9 when a logging truck and school bus collided at approximately 3 p.m. on State Route 530 near Oso.

According to Misti Gilman, Public Information Officer for the Arlington School District, there were 28 children on the bus at the time of the accident. The children were on their way home from Post Middle School and Arlington High School at the time of the accident.

Gilman said that 13 of the children were picked up at the scene of the accident by their parents, while the remaining 15 children were transported home on another school bus which had been dispatched to the scene of the accident. The 45-year-old female driver of the school bus was also uninjured.

Trooper Keith Leary, of the Washington State Patrol, said the school bus was preparing to come to a stop and flashing its amber lights when the driver saw the truck approaching. Leary said that the truck had crossed over the centerline and that the school bus driver had moved over as far as she could to the right side of the road but was unable to completely avoid the accident. Leary pointed out that this was the same school bus driver who was involved in a similar accident in November. “She did a good job in trying to avoid the collision today and, in both cases, was able to avoid head-on collisions,” Leary said.

Leary said that no citations had been issued and that the accident was still under investigation.

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