Driver cited for crash with school bus; students are OK

Credit: KKTV

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A driver has been cited following a crash with a school bus Friday morning.

It happened on Williamette and Sunset Road, which is near Platte Avenue and Union Boulevard in Colorado Springs.

According to Colorado Springs School District 11, there were eight students on the bus at the time of the crash.

"We did have one minor injury from the student, but he was assessed and he was sent to school," said Devra Ashby, D-11's public information officer. "In the best case scenario, we’re glad that all kids are safe."

Officers said a car was headed north on Sunset Road, and the bus was headed west on Williamette when the two collided.

A man in a home nearby said he heard the crash and rushed to help.

"I hopped my fence and ripped open the door to the bus and made sure the kids were OK first," Cody Lorenzo said.

He said he tried to calm the students down.

"All of them had their seat belts on in the bus," he said. "So I said, 'That’s the main reason why your seat belts need to be on is stuff like this.' And then the girls started relaxing, calming down."

Police said the driver of the car was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Officers said they cited that driver for failing to yield at a stop sign.

School officials told us the students were heading to Queen Palmer Elementary.

"We informed the principal, obviously, that they will be a little bit late," Ashby said. "We dispatch another bus to come and pick them up, take them to school, and we inform all parents of the students who were on the bus."

Ashby said the bus driver was taken to the hospital, which is the district's policy.