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4/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Low-speed crash: Kingman school bus hits car
Several Kingman Middle School students went to Kingman Regional Medical Center Wednesday after a school bus rear-ended a passenger car at a low rate of speed. The injuries weren’t serious, but the bus driver was issued a citation. (Courtesy)
Several Kingman Middle School students went to Kingman Regional Medical Center Wednesday after a school bus rear-ended a passenger car at a low rate of speed. The injuries weren’t serious, but the bus driver was issued a citation. (Courtesy)
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A school bus driver carrying about 30 Kingman Middle School students was cited after she reportedly rear-ended a passenger car at a low rate of speed on northbound Stockton Hill Road at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said two students were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with "very minor" injuries and the parents of eight more students drove them to the hospital.

"The injuries were not at all significant," said Bill Johnston, a battalion commander with the Kingman Fire Department. "These were very minor injuries. There might be some bumps and bruises."

Cooper said students might have momentarily distracted the driver when she struck a stopped 1998 Lincoln Town Car driven by a Kingman man, who complained of soreness but refused medical treatment.

He said she never applied her brakes until the bus struck the car at between 10 and 15 mph.

There was damage to the car as well as the 2001 bus, but both vehicles were operable.

Cooper said of the two students taken to KRMC by ambulance, one was simply upset and did not suffer physical injuries.

The driver was cited for failure to control speed, a civil violation.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Ex Bus Driver

I drove a school bus for a few months and honestly, it was an extremely stressful job. Not the training, the testing, the bus checks every morning but having dozens of screaming kids on board throwing things, running amuck, hitting each other, crying etc. When you are the only responsible adult for 80+ kids cooped in a bus...yeah, you can get distracted for a moment. Every bus should have a monitor.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Frederck Williams

Bell system safe driving program taught us that staying 2 1/2 to 3 seconds behind the car ahead of you at any speed would give you the one car length for every 10 mph of speed you need to be safe. Most drivers in Kingman stay one car length behind no matter what speed they are doing.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Byrne

I had a bus follow me for 2-3 miles at about 3 car lengths behind a couple of days ago then 1 car length for the last block before a stop sign. Not a good feeling when you hope they will stop in time. I wonder if it was the same driver.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

so someone stops in the middle of the road, instead of pulling off the road, and the bus driver didn't see them?
sounds like both drivers need to be retested,
one for being so ignorant of the law ( obstructing traffic) and the other for not paying attention.




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