39 Kids Hurt in Bus Rollover

No other vehicle involved in Washington state crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2012 2:33 PM CDT
In this photo provided by Washington State Patrol, a school bus is overturned in Quincy, Wash., Monday, March 12, 2012.   (Scott Martin)

(Newser) – A school bus overturned this morning on a central Washington highway, injuring dozens of children, including three seriously, before coming to rest at the edge of a field, authorities said. The bus veered off the road, overcorrected and rolled on Highway 281 just south of Quincy, an agricultural region about 120 miles east of Seattle, said Lt. Scott Martin of the Washington State Patrol.

The bus came to rest on its passenger side, and all 39 students on board suffered injuries of some kind, though most were minor scrapes, bruises, and bloody noses, Martin said. Three children were in serious condition, but none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening. One child was airlifted to the nearby city of Moses Lake, and two were taken to a hospital in Ephrata. The rest of the students went to the local Quincy Valley Medical Center, either for treatment or to be reconnected with their families. The driver apparently was not injured.

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