Fire officials said two people were injured in an auto accident in Arizona involving a school bus and another vehicle in the East Valley Wednesday morning. A white van appeared to have hit the back of the school bus in the area of Broadway and Signal Butte roads.
Forrest Smith with the Mesa Fire Department said Mesa/Apache Junction crews treated two people. Smith said initial information from the scene indicated a 17-year-old female suffered non-life threatening injuries and a man in his 50s suffered life threatening injuries. Two people on stretchers were seen being placed into medical helicopters.
The roadway was partially blocked, but there did not appear to be any major traffic backups in the area.
Inattention, inattention, inattention.
Early morning drive and afternoon rush hour. A lot of care on the road. We have to remain attentive. It only takes a second—if you take your eyes off the road, to lose your opportunity to avoid an auto accident.
We have seen a few accidents lately involving school buses. This one, it appears, was not the bus driver’s fault, but then, we don’t have all the information in yet.
Fingers crossed that all will be okay in the near future.