School bus crash near Corvallis sends man, six children to hospital; injuries minor

2010-09-13T15:30:00Z 2010-09-13T20:02:43Z School bus crash near Corvallis sends man, six children to hospital; injuries minorBy PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic
September 13, 2010 3:30 pm  • 

CORVALLIS - An early morning accident between a school bus and a pickup truck sent one man and six children to the hospital.

The accident occurred at 8 a.m. on the Woodside Cutoff Road just west of Corvallis.

The school bus was headed east and had stopped to pick up a student just west of the river bridge when the pickup truck rammed into the rear of the vehicle, said Montana Highway Trooper Chris Hamilton.

"The school bus still had its flashing lights and its stop sign out," Hamilton said.

The male driver of the pickup truck was apparently blinded by the sun's glare on his windshield and didn't see the bus.

"The sun glare at that time of the morning can be horrific," Hamilton said.

The hood of the small pickup truck slid underneath the bumper of the bus.

The driver was transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, where he was treated for broken ribs.

Three students were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Three others were transported there by their parents.

"Everyone checked out all right," Hamilton said. "There were no real injuries amongst the students, besides being stiff and sore."

The driver of the pickup truck was cited for careless driving.

Keeping a clean windshield can cut down on glare from an early morning sun, Hamilton said.

"Other than that, people just need to slow down," he said.

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