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Crash involving school bus sends one to hospital

October 10, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — A head-on collision between a school bus and a passenger car sent one woman to the hospital by air ambulance Monday afternoon.

The woman was the driver of the passenger vehicle, police officials said. CareFlight took her to a hospital in Las Vegas for further treatment. No further information about her identification or medical condition was available Monday.

“No injuries were reported with any of the students on the school bus, which is great news,” said Emily Fromelt, Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman.

Thirty-six Sunrise Elementary students and the bus driver were on Bus S, said Lance Ross, Colorado River Schools spokesman.

Parents of the students on the bus were able to pick up their children at Sunrise Elementary after another school bus picked up the children from the accident scene.

“All but seven of the students were picked up by parents at Sunrise,” Ross said. “Because of the lateness in the day and the circumstances, the seven children not picked up by their parents were taken by a replacement bus to each of their homes, doorstop service.”

Emergency crews responded about 3:19 p.m. to reports of a school bus crash at Bullhead Parkway and Locust Boulevard.

“Upon arrival, crews reported a head-on type of collision with heavy impact to the vehicle involved,” said Lori Viles, Bullhead Fire Department spokeswoman. “Battalion Chief Livermore requested CareFlight to respond to the accident scene as the crew worked to extricate the female driver.”

Police shut down northbound and southbound lanes to secure a landing zone for the helicopter, Viles said.

Both northbound lanes of the Parkway from Laughlin View Drive to Ridgeview remained closed until 6:10 p.m. and northbound traffic was diverted through the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.

The crash remains under investigation.

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