Troopers: Driver of UW band charter bus was going too fast

The bus slid off I-90 and rolled onto its side while en route to the Apple Cup game last Thursday.

SPOKANE — The Washington State Patrol has cited the driver of a charter bus that slid off Interstate 90 and rolled onto its side on Thanksgiving, injuring members of the University of Washington marching band who were en route to perform at the Apple Cup football game against Washington State University.

Nancy Aguilar, 36, of Sammamish, was cited for driving too fast for the icy and slushy conditions on the freeway that evening, the WSP said in a memo. Trooper John Bryant said the citation comes with a $136 ticket and a $51 collision fee.

Aguilar was among those taken to a hospital after the bus crashed near the Grant County town of George, though her injuries were not life-threatening, Bryant said. She could face additional citations pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation that could take several more weeks. Bryant said she was properly licensed to drive the charter bus, and neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.

The WSP memo says the bus was traveling in the outermost eastbound lane when it slid into a ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The bus rolled, coming to rest on its right side and blocking a frontage road.

The bus was one of six transporting UW band members to Pullman, but after the crash the band canceled its Apple Cup performance and members returned to Seattle to rest and recover from the incident. In a show of solidarity, the WSU marching band played the UW fight song before the Huskies defeated the Cougars 28-15 in Friday’s game.

UW officials said that of the 56 people aboard the bus, 47 were sent to hospitals for treatment or evaluation, though none suffered life-threatening injuries. Some spent the night sheltered at George Elementary School.

Bryant said everyone hospitalized because of the incident, including one person who had been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, was released in stable condition by Friday evening.

Talk to us

More in Northwest

Get comfortable: Governor extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Thursday news conference here

He will be joined by state health officials to give an update on the coronavirus response.

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

The governor said Wednesday that the state must become self-reliant in the fight against COVID-19.

Northwest Folklife Festival postponed

The event will not be held Memorial Day weekend for first time in 49 years.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Wednesday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the need for manufacturers to provide personal protective equipment.

‘I heard the roar’: 6.5 earthquake hits north of Boise, Idaho

Reports of shaking came from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Flood of coronavirus data overwhelms state reporting system

Public reporting of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Washington ground to a halt on Sunday.

Aviation pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur Joe Clark dies

He is the man most responsible for those elegant upswept wingtips now standard on new Boeing 737s.

Washington statewide snowpack 104% of normal as of March 30

There should be plenty of water through the growing season.

Most Read