On Monday at around 9:47 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a two vehicle, non-injury crash involving a Newport High school bus on highway 101 near milepost 205 in Douglas County.
Preliminary information indicates a red, 2012 Ford Fusion, was traveling southbound and passing the school bus carrying 24 students and three coaches to a basketball tournament in Coos Bay.
The roadway was wet and covered with hail and as the Fusion was completing the pass it lost control and hit the front corner of the bus. The Fusion left the roadway and went down over the embankment; coming to rest about 150 feet down an embankment after striking trees and other debris. None of the occupants in the school bus were injured. The driver of the Fusion, identified as DOROTHY M. HENDERSON, 74, of Florence, and her passenger were assisted by the Reedsport Fire Department Rope Rescue Team; they sustained minor injuries from the crash.
Unusually cold temperatures are being blamed for a flurry of serious accidents statewide. Oregon State Police urges everyone to slow down. Roads that are wet or icy are nothing to fool with. They don’t drive the same, and by the time you realize it you’re hitting something or going over an embankment. And having four wheel drive doesn’t change a thing. Once you start sliding – you’re sliding. So ease up on the gas and get there in one piece.