WATERLOO – Officials are moving a bus stop along Highway 218/Washington Street where a school bus was involved in a five-vehicle accident on Wednesday morning.
“Upon reviewing the stop, our next step to be proactive, that stop is being moved,” said Kate Walden, a spokesperson for Durham School Services, which runs bus services for the Waterloo Community School District.
No students were aboard the bus, which had stopped to pickup students at the apartment complex in the 1400 block of Washington Street at about 6:48 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. At least two people were taken to an area hospital, but authorities said the injuries aren’t considered serious.
Walden said the bus had come to a stop and lit up its eight-way flashers when it was struck.
In addition to the bus, the crash involved a grain truck and three passenger vehicles, according to police. The collision shut down a portion of southbound Washington Street for part of the morning.
Neighbors and motorists had expressed concerns with the location of the bus stop, which sits on the busy three-lane southbound stretch of Highway 218 where the speed limit is 45 mph. The school bus halts traffic during pickup and drop off times.
On Wednesday following the crash, Walden said Durham has decided to move the location of the bus stop to a driveway at nearby Lowell Elementary School.
“The driver will pick up the students at Lowell Elementary, so the students will meet the bus at that location moving forward … They are actually going to pull into the school,” Walden said.
Details of the accident weren’t available, but police said a Freightliner conventional six-axle truck had been heading south on Washington and swerved to the left after seeing traffic stopped and slowing for the bus. The truck hit the median and then over-corrected to the right, striking one passenger vehicle that then hit another, police said. The truck then struck the stopped school bus, police said.
The bus driver and one driver from a passenger vehicle were transported.