Car crashes into school bus in Olympia; 6 kids taken to hospital

Six middle school students sustained minor injuries in the crash. (Olympia PD photo)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Six students aboard a school bus were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after a car slammed into the bus Wednesday morning, police say.

The driver of the car was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, near the intersection of Cooper Point Road NW and 14th Avenue, at about 8 a.m. after receiving reports of an accident involving a school bus.

School district spokeswoman Susan Gifford said the Route 31 bus was headed to Marshall Middle School with 49 students on board at the time of the crash. The accident scene is less than a mile from the school.

The car struck the bus with such force that it broke the rear axle of the school bus, police said.

Police praised the actions of the school bus driver in responding to the accident. An officer on scene told KOMO News he shook the driver's hand because he did such a great job in avoiding a potential head-on collision.

Gifford said the driver has been with the district since November 2014.

Cooper Point Road was closed for about two hours the scene during the investigation. The roadway has since reopened.

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