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)

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.