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No Injuries in Keizer School Bus Crash

"This was a very low speed impact with the passenger vehicle probably traveling less than five miles per hour," - Keizer Police Captain Jeff Kuhns

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(KEIZER, Ore.) - Keizer Police say a crash between a school bus and a car blocked traffic today and potentially alarmed several parents in the area, but no injuries resulted from the traffic crash that involved a Salem-Keizer School District bus and a passenger vehicle.

Additional emergency personnel responded from the Keizer Fire District because this was reported as a traffic crash with possible injuries. The incident occurred in the eastbound lanes of Chemawa Road NE at the railroad tracks near Ulali Drive NE at 2:37 PM Monday.

Keizer Police Captain Jeff Kuhns says responding officers located the involved vehicles, both had moved from the busy roadway to an adjacent street immediately after the crash.

Officers confirmed six students and the bus driver occupied the school bus at the time of the crash. The bus had just left Whiteaker Middle School and was travelling eastbound on Chemawa Road, Kuhns said.

"Just prior to the crash the bus had stopped on Chemawa Road for a train that was blocking the roadway. After the train cleared the roadway the bus traveled a short distance before coming to another stop where there driver was going to visually clear the railroad tracks before proceeding across them."

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He says that when the bus stopped the second time it was rear-ended by the passenger vehicle that was behind it.

"This was a very low speed impact with the passenger vehicle probably traveling less than five miles per hour," Kuhns added.

"No injuries were reported by either driver or occupants of the school bus. The school bus did not appear to sustain any damage."

He says there was damage to the front of the passenger vehicle, a 2005 BMW. Both vehicles were drivable. No citations have been issued.

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