The students suffered minor to moderate injuries after a school bus rear-ended a second school bus in Renton, fire officials said. The buses had just picked up students from apartment complexes and were headed to Lakeridge Elementary School.
Twenty students and a bus driver were injured in a rear-end collision involving two school buses Friday morning in Renton, a Renton Fire Department spokesman said.
The students suffered minor to moderate injuries in the 9:33 a.m. crash near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Southwest Sunset Boulevard.
Renton School District spokesman Randy Matheson said 11 students were taken to hospitals and then released hours later. The others were taken by their parents to clinics, private doctors or home, fire officials said.
One bus driver was also hospitalized.
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The buses had just picked up the students from nearby apartment complexes when the collision occurred, Matheson said. The buses were heading to Lakeridge Elementary School.
Renton police and fire units responded and checked on the children. Anxious parents rushed in to check on the children, too.
Among them was Anthony Samuels, whose daughter Maletina was aboard one of the buses. Maletina, a fourth-grader at Lakeridge Elementary, complained of pain to her legs so Samuels took her to a hospital.
Matheson says other students who were on the buses but uninjured were taken to school and went to class.
No other vehicles were involved, a Renton fire spokesman said.
It wasn’t clear what led to the crash. Police and the school district continue to investigate, Matheson said.
It also wasn’t immediately known how many students were aboard the buses, which each can hold up to 75 passengers.
The Washington State Patrol was sending a commercial-vehicle inspector to the site, according to Renton police.