At about 8:00 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of an injury collision near the 3700 block of South Crestline Drive in Waldport between a school bus and another vehicle.
Newport Police Sergeant Lance Cummings was in the area off duty and first to arrive. Responding deputies and troopers with the Oregon State Police were able to coordinate with the Lincoln County School District for safe transport of the students from the bus to the schools. Lincoln County School Resource Deputy Dalynn Shinholster was called to the schools to assist with the investigation regarding the students from the bus.
The Major Crash Team was activated and additional investigators and resources were called to the scene. Some of the students required medical attention for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Kenneth James Hall age 60 of Waldport, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis via Life Flight.
The investigation revealed that the school bus was northbound on South Crestline Drive when it was struck nearly head-on by a grey Chrysler minivan which was southbound on South Crestline Drive. The minivan crossed the centerline and collided with the bus in the southbound lane.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will conduct further investigation.