School bus involved in head-on collision in Waldport

A collision between a van and school bus in Waldport on Tuesday morning sent the van’s driver to the hospital with serious injuries and students with minor injuries. (Photo Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)

On October 2 at about 8 a.m., Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of an injury head-on collision near the 3700 block of South Crestline Drive in Waldport between a school bus and another vehicle.   Newport Police Sergeant Lance Cummings was in the area off duty and first to arrive. Responding deputies and troopers with the Oregon State Police were able to coordinate with the Lincoln County School District for safe transport of the students from the bus to the schools. Lincoln County School Resource Deputy Dalynn Shinholster was called to the schools to assist with the investigation regarding the students from the bus.

The Major Crash Team was activated and additional investigators and resources were called to the scene.  Some of the students required medical attention for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Kenneth James Hall age 60 of Waldport, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis via Life Flight.

The investigation revealed that the school bus was northbound on South Crestline Drive when it was struck nearly head-on by a grey Chrysler minivan which was southbound on South Crestline Drive.  The minivan crossed the centerline and collided with the bus in the southbound lane, according to law enforcement officials.

The sheriff’s office will conduct further investigation.

The Lincoln County School District sent home the following letter with students:

“As you know, Bus S46 White Bus was in an accident on the way to school this morning. After the accident, all 34 students were transferred to another bus and brought to school.

We gathered all 34 students together in the cafeteria and immediately checked in with each student to see how they were feeling. At least three children reported feeling minor injuries. Law enforcement also talked with the students as part of their investigation. Some students went home with parents/guardians, others stayed at school.

Our health staff and/or counselor checked in with those who stayed at school. Later in the day, our district nursing staff also checked with each of these students and did our concussion signs and symptoms checklist. Parents were contacted with any concerns.

We want to encourage you to talk with your child this evening to see how they are feeling. If you are concerned that your child is injured, please seek medical care if you deem it is necessary.”

— Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and LCSD

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