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Fri, Dec. 13

Bus driver in deadly accident ticketed

KINGMAN - The Kingman Unified School District has removed the bus driver involved in last week's fatal accident from the road as authorities continue their investigation.

The driver, 52-year-old Bruce Hurley, was also ticketed by the Department of Public Safety for failing to control his vehicle to avoid a collision. DPS officials are still investigating the accident, however, and have yet to assign fault in the collision.

DPS said their initial reports show that the school bus was at stop sign on Teddy Roosevelt Road at Highway 68 facing north when it pulled onto the highway to turn left. The bus was then struck near its rear driver's side axles by a convertible driven by 27-year-old Golden Valley resident Bridget Bruce, who was eastbound on Highway 68. Bruce was killed in the accident. Her 5-year-old son was seated in the passenger seat and was injured. He was released from the hospital Thursday.

Two dozen students on their way to Kingman High School were on the bus at the time of the crash. Half of those students, as well as Hurley, were treated for injuries at the emergency room but were not admitted to the hospital.

Hurley has driven the same route for the district since last November. He is still working for the district, but has been removed from the road pending the result of the accident investigation, school officials said.

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