"I was just terrified," said
Hashi was among seven students who paramedics took to the hospital as a precaution after the Payne-Phalen crash. The students had bumps and bruises, said Sgt.
The collision happened about
The bus, carrying 34 students from
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But the bus did smash into his front steps, about 4 feet away from where Highley was standing inside. He made his way out the back door and saw a large crowd had gathered to attend to the children on the bus. Highley said he noticed some of the students were visibly shaken.
The pick-up truck had rolled onto its side in Highley's side yard and was less than a foot from hitting his house. Police said the driver was uninjured.
Paramedics examined all students on the bus. There were seven who required further examination and were taken to a hospital as a precaution, school officials said Friday.
"While accidents do happen, we are fortunate that, from initial reports, all those involved appear to OK. We'd like to thank our first responders for the fast care and attention they provided to our students," said
Hashi, the ninth grader on the bus, said he'd been in pain after the crash, but was feeling better after getting medication at the hospital. In addition to hitting his head, Hashi said he had scrapes on his elbow and legs.
Students who were not taken to the hospital were either picked up by family members or put on a different bus and taken home, the district said. Nurses will check in with the student passengers on Monday once they return to school.
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The driver of the pick-up truck is cooperating with the investigation, and preliminary information indicates that drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash, according to Ernster.
Highley said he thinks it was fortunate that no one was seriously injured. And he regards his bent storm door and damaged front steps as pretty minor, considering the size of the vehicle involved.
"The officer said, 'Call your insurance and ask what happens when a school bus smashes into your house?,' " Highley said with a chuckle.
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