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Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:08 a.m.

Lake Stevens school bus, SUV in head-on crash; 2 injured

  • Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters prepare to move the driver of a school bus to an aid car after a head-on accident between the bus and an SUV...

    Doug Ramsay / For The Herald

    Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters prepare to move the driver of a school bus to an aid car after a head-on accident between the bus and an SUV on Tuesday morning.

  • Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters work to extricate a crash victim from an SUV after a head-on accident with a Lake Stevens school bus Tuesday...

    Doug Ramsay / For The Herald

    Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters work to extricate a crash victim from an SUV after a head-on accident with a Lake Stevens school bus Tuesday morning.

  • A Lake Stevens police officer examines evidence after a head-on accident between a school bus and an SUV on S. Lake Stevens Road on Tuesday morning.

    Doug Ramsay / For The Herald

    A Lake Stevens police officer examines evidence after a head-on accident between a school bus and an SUV on S. Lake Stevens Road on Tuesday morning.

  • Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters work to remove the passenger from an SUV that hit head-on with a Lake Stevens School bus.

    Doug Ramsay / For The Herald

    Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters work to remove the passenger from an SUV that hit head-on with a Lake Stevens School bus.

  • Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters prepare to move the passenger of an SUV to a medic unit after a head-on accident Tuesday morning.

    Doug Ramsay / For The Herald

    Lake Stevens Fire District 8 firefighters prepare to move the passenger of an SUV to a medic unit after a head-on accident Tuesday morning.

LAKE STEVENS — Two people in a sport utility vehicle were injured Tuesday in an early morning head-on crash with a Lake Stevens School District bus.
The collision occurred around 6:30 a.m. on S. Lake Stevens Road.
Medics evaluated the bus driver and two Cavelero Mid-High School students who were on the bus at the time. District officials said the boys were both 14 and in the eighth grade. They were uninjured.
The crash closed S Lake Stevens Road between 15th Street SE and 113th Avenue SE.
The man and woman in the SUV are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s. She received significant injuries, Lake Stevens police Cmdr. Dennis Taylor said. The man’s injuries were considered minor.
The school bus was traveling east and the SUV was westbound when the SUV apparently crossed the center line and struck the bus, Taylor said.
“There is physical evidence that leads us to believe drugs and alcohol could have been a factor,” Taylor said. “Neither of the two vehicles was drivable.”
The principal at Cavelero Mid-High quickly was able to reach the crash scene to be with the students. Their parents were able to board the bus to be with them when they were being evaluated by medics, school district spokeswoman Jayme Taylor said.
As is standard procedure in cases involving school bus accidents, the district through its insurance pool will conduct a separate review of the crash.
The bus driver has worked for the school district for eight years.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

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