KINGMAN - The 5-year-old boy whose mother was killed in a car accident involving a school bus was listed in stable condition Wednesday.
The boy was in the passenger seat of a convertible that collided with a school bus picking up students in Golden Valley on their way to Kingman High School Tuesday morning. The mother, 27-year-old Bridget Bruce, was killed in the crash.
The Department of Public Safety said their initial investigation shows that the school bus was at a stop sign on Teddy Roosevelt Road at Highway 68 facing north when it pulled onto the highway to turn left and was struck just behind the rear axles by Bruce's car, which was eastbound on 68 in the number one travel lane or the "slow" lane.
According to the Golden Valley Fire Department, 24 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Jamie Taylor, spokeswoman for Kingman Regional Medical Center, said 13 students were treated in the hospital's emergency room but that the 5-year-old in the convertible was the only person admitted overnight. The extent of his injuries was not released.
DPS identified the school bus driver as 52-year-old Bruce A. Hurley of Kingman. KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks said Hurley has driven for the district since Nov. 2010 on the same route he was driving when the accident occurred.
Hurley will remain on paid administrative leave for at least the rest of the week, Jacks said.
"He did an excellent job of managing the situation after the accident happened," Jacks said.
In addition to the investigation by authorities, the district's insurance company is also conducting their own investigation as to how the accident occurred.
Jacks said KUSD Finance Director Wanda Hubbard, who lives in Golden Valley, was on scene of Tuesday's accident making sure parents that weren't called by their children via their cell phone were contacted.
He added that several students on the bus took advantage of grief counselors who were on hand at the school Tuesday and Wednesday.
The bus involved did not have seat belts, although Arizona law does not require them on school buses.