Pierce Co. school bus swerves to avoid animal, nearly topples down slope

(Photo credit: Wash. State Patrol)

WAUNA, Wash. - A school bus came within inches of toppling over a steep bank after swerving to avoid an animal in the roadway Friday morning on the Key Peninsula, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Troopers responded to the scene, along State Route 302 near Goldman Drive, at around 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a school bus teetering at the edge of steep slope along Henderson Bay near the town of Wauna, said Trooper Johnna Batiste of the State Patrol.

Two children and the driver were aboard the Peninsula School District bus at the time of the accident. They were shaken up but not injured.

The bus driver told troopers that a large black animal ran out in front of the bus as they were traveling east on S.R. 302, and the driver swerved to avoid it. The bus crashed into a fence and two parked cars before coming to a stop on the edge of the embankment.

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