Minor Injury School Bus Crash – Highway 38 east of Reedsport

2014-05/1002/74651/052714.hwy38_mp13.bus.2.jpgOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s minor injury traffic crash along Highway 38 east of Reedsport involving a school bus with students from Elkton Charter School #34.

On May 27, 2014 at approximately 4:28 p.m., a traffic crash involving a school bus was reported along Highway 38 near milepost 13. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), Oregon State Police (OSP), and local fire and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the school bus occupied by driver DAVID WILEY, age 68, and seven K-12 students was traveling westbound when WILEY said he was briefly distracted. The school bus traveled to the right into a metal guardrail separating the highway from a steep embankment and the Umpqua River. The bus traveled along the guardrail, struck a sign and then came to rest against the railing.

WILEY was not injured. All bus occupants were transported from the scene by private parties. Two students reportedly were taken later to a hospital in Reedsport for treatment of minor injuries. Student names are not available for this release.

OSP Senior Trooper Fred Dunlap is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.