A Toyota Prius driver was injured Wednesday when she rear-ended an unloading school bus three miles south of Madras, according to Oregon State Police.
Police did not immediately identify the 62-year-old woman, who was treated at Mountain View Hospital in Madras after the 3:45 p.m. collision on northbound state Highway 361. Her injuries were not life-threatening, said police. No one aboard the Jefferson County school bus was injured, according to OSP Lt. Carl Rhodes.
The bus, with 43 aboard, had stopped to allow students off; two other vehicles had stopped behind it, according to a news release by Rhodes. The 2010 Prius approached but failed to stop, swerved along the road shoulder past the stopped vehicles and crashed in the right rear of the bus, Rhodes reported. A second bus retrieved the students.
The county Sheriff’s Office, Fire District No. 1, Oregon Department of Transportation and county school district lent assistance. The highway was blocked for over an hour.
Police are waiting to write a citation until the investigation is finished.