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2 school buses full of students collide in Renton; 20 kids injured

Two Renton school buses collide. (Photo: KOMO News)

RENTON, Wash. - Twenty young children and a bus driver sustained minor to moderate injuries as two school buses collided Friday morning in Renton, officials said.

The force of the impact sent some of the students flying over seats. Some of them struck their heads and limbs on obstructions from the impact, several of the children told KOMO News crews at the scene.

Officers and firefighters responded to the scene, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and SW Sunset Boulevard, at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a school bus collision.

Arriving at the scene, they found that two Renton School District buses - Bus 13 and Bus 20 - had collided near the intersection in front of the Sunset View Apartments. Both buses were full of students from kindergarten age through fifth grade.

Chad Michael, deputy chief of Renton Fire Department, said both buses were enroute to Lake Ridge Elementary School when Bus 13 slammed hard into the back of Bus 20. The front of Bus 13 was smashed and mangled from the impact.

A triage area was quickly set up in the parking lot of the Sunset View Apartments as medics evaluated each child and treated those with injuries.

Frantic parents and school staff members arrived on scene soon after the crash, which happened just after the buses had picked up kids at the Creston Point Apartments on MLK Jr. Blvd.

At least 30 emergency vehicles responded to the scene, including at least seven ambulances.

Some students were put into neck braces. Others were placed onto stretchers or back boards and loaded aboard ambulances.

Injured children were taken to Overlake Medical Center, Valley Medical Center and Urgent Care at the Landing. Sixteen children were transported to medical facilities by ambulance and five were taken by their parents. The injuries were minor to moderate, Michael said.

Niaome Taylor was sitting in the back of the first bus that was rear ended.

"He stopped and then the other bus started to slow down behind us and we were in the back and it hit the back of the bus and my arm started hurting," Taylor said.

The driver of Bus 20 was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The condition of the Bus 13 driver was unknown, Michael said.

The Renton Police Department is investigating the accident.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way is closed at the scene and may remain closed for some time.

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