Street racing blamed as car slams into school bus at high speed

Photo courtesy of Pasco Police Dept.

PASCO, Wash. - Police say street racing is likely to blame for a car crashing into a school bus at high speed in a Pasco neighborhood.

According to police, the school bus was stopped on South Elm and East A Street, attempting to make a left turn.

The bus driver saw two cars in the distance, and decided to turn with enough perceived time, according to reports. The driver didn't realize that the two cars were racing toward the bus at an estimated speed of 90 mph.

One of the cars brushed past the bus at high speed, while the car in the inner lane, a white 1997 Honda Civic, plowed into the bus and rammed underneath the bus frame. The force of the impact peeled off the roof of the car.

The driver of the car, a 17-year-old from Pasco, was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said the bus driver was uninjured.

No children were inside the bus at the time of the crash.

Witnesses later told police that the two cars appeared to be speed racing. Investigators said skid marks left at the scene indicated a speed of over 90 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Investigators say the Civic driver has been ticketed for reckless driving and having no valid driver's license. The driver also received an infraction of no proof of insurance.

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