Bus Crash Injures Six Students

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

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HIAWATHA, Iowa - Six students have been taken to St. Luke's Hospital for "bumps and bruises" following a two-vehicle crash, Saturday, police said.

Officials responded around 4:15 p.m. for a crash involving an Independence Community school bus and a sports utility vehicle at the intersection of Terry Avenue and East Boyson Road. The bus had 33 students and three adults, police said. The students had non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

The bus was heading westbound when an SUV driven by a female from Hiawatha clipped the back end of the bus. The school bus was one of four traveling from a possible band performance, and contained Independence band students, police said. Only one bus was involved in the crash.

Police estimate there was $10,000 damage to the school bus and $15,000 damage to the SUV. East Boyson Road was closed for about 90 minutes while the roadway was cleared.

The driver of the SUV could face charges for failing to yield half the roadway.

Hiawatha Police, Fire and Ambulance as well as Linn County Sheriff and Cedar Rapids Police responded to the scene.
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