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At 3:19 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2012, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a traffic collision at the intersection of S. Gibson Road and S. Kropf Road in Molalla, Oregon. The collision involved a school bus with two students on-board and an unloaded semi truck and trailer.
The intersection was closed for approximately one hour while the crash was investigated and vehicles were removed.
The Molalla River School District bus was traveling eastbound on S. Gibson Road when it stopped for a posted stop sign. The bus-driver thought the road was clear, and proceeded across the intersection. The driver did not see the truck until it was too late.
The truck was traveling northbound on S. Kropf Road. The driver of the truck stated he was traveling about 40 miles per hour when he saw the school bus pull in front of him. The truck had the right of way. The roadway was wet at the time of the crash, and it was raining lightly.
The bus was knocked onto its side due to the collision, and the truck jack-knifed.
The two 12- to 13-year-old female students on the bus had been seated on the impact side. Both students were transported to Silverton Hospital as a precaution due to complaints of pain. However, there were no serious injuries reported.
The drivers escaped without injuries.
The driver of the school bus was cited for ORS 811.265 (failing to obey a traffic control device) because the driver allegedly proceeded from the stop sign when it was not safe to do so.
Any further inquiries regarding the driver or the students will be referred to the Molalla River School District.
Our deputies were assisted by the Molalla Police Department, Monitor-Yoder Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance.
Clackamas County Case # 12-34615
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office