SUV Crashes into School Bus on Washington Street in Alexander City, Alabama
ALEXANDER CITY, AL. – According to an online news story reported at alexcityoutlook.com, an SUV crashed into a school bus on Washington Street in Alexander City, Alabama. The accident reportedly happened as the bus was stopped at a set of railroad tracks, as per state law, and seven people were injured.*
The accident occurred during the morning at the intersection of Washington Street and Lee Street. The Alexander City Police Department and The Outlook report that a school bus was transporting more than 50 children to school and came to a set of railroad tracks at the intersection. Under Alabama law, all school buses have to stop at rail crossings and make sure that no trains are coming before proceeding. Church buses and passenger buses are also subject to the law.
Deputy Police Chief James Easterwood says the driver of the school bus stopped at the tracks in order to open the bus doors and look and listen for oncoming trains. During the course of this process, an SUV reportedly rear-ended the bus. It is not clear how fast the SUV was traveling at the time or what type of SUV it was. The report did not say what caused the driver of the SUV to run into the bus.
A total of 53 kids were on the bus at the time, The Outlook reports, and five of them sustained injuries in the accident. The children’s ages were not provided in the report. The five injured students were taken to Russel Medical, where four of them have reportedly since been released from care. The condition of the fifth child is not known.
In addition, two people from the SUV were injured in the accident and taken to Russell Medical. The extent of their injuries is not clear. They were not identified in the report.
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