8 kids taken to hospital after school bus crash
Eight children were taken to the hospital after the driver of a four-door sedan made a U-turn into a Prescott Unified School District school bus Tuesday afternoon on Highway 69 near Butterfield Road.
At 4:15 p.m., Prescott police, Prescott and Central Yavapai firefighters and Life Line Ambulance were dispatched to a collision between a car and a bus carrying 40 children home from school.
Firefighters and paramedics treated children at the scene for minor injuries and took them to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West for further treatment, said Eric Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.
"The children were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure," Officer Nathan Barto of the Prescott Police Department said at the collision scene.
Prescott police cited the driver of the car, April M. Hill, 37, for failure to obey a traffic control device, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, PPD spokesman.
Hill drove off of Highway 89 onto Highway 69 when she ignored a posted sign that prohibits turns, pulled into a median with double yellow lines on both sides that drivers are not supposed to cross, and made a U-turn into the bus, Reinhardt said.
Hill told officers she saw the bus and thought she could beat it, Barto said.
When Hill struck the bus, she damaged its left side. Officers noted Hill showed no signs of impairment, Barto said.
PUSD Transportation Director Jim Cowan arrived quickly to the collision scene, sent for another bus, and called parents to let them know their children had been in a collision and that another bus would bring them to their bus stops shortly, Officer Todd Attenberger of the Prescott Police Department said at the collision scene.