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School bus broadsided after truck driver allegedly runs red light

Palo Alto students from 2 elementary schools were on bus, 2 children left with minor injuries

A dump truck driver who appears to have run a red light smashed into a Palo Alto Unified School District bus carrying elementary school students on Wednesday.

The impact forced the bus to go off the road and collide with a traffic light pole, an electrical box and a fire hydrant before it struck a tree, the California Highway Patrol said. Four El Carmelo Elementary School students and three Fairmeadow Elementary School students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade were on the bus at the time.

The truck driver behind the wheel of a white Ford F-750 truck, which belongs to Cosmos Roofing Inc., was traveling north on Middlefield Road while the school bus was heading west on Colorado Avenue just before 8 a.m. when the collision occurred, according to the CHP. A preliminary investigation found that the truck driver ran a red light and broadsided the school bus.

A passenger in the Ford F-750 suffered multiple lacerations and was transported to the hospital after the truck veered off to the left and collided with two metal poles located at the driveway entrance to Wells Fargo Bank at 721 Colorado Ave. in the city's Midtown neighborhood, CHP spokesperson Officer Art Montiel said.

One student suffered a small cut to the upper lip and another student was left with a cut above the eye. Both students were treated at the scene, he said.

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The truck driver, a 46-year-old man from San Jose, was unlicensed and will be cited, Montiel said. The investigation is still ongoing.

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School bus broadsided after truck driver allegedly runs red light

Palo Alto students from 2 elementary schools were on bus, 2 children left with minor injuries

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 1:46 pm
Updated: Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 8:46 am

A dump truck driver who appears to have run a red light smashed into a Palo Alto Unified School District bus carrying elementary school students on Wednesday.

The impact forced the bus to go off the road and collide with a traffic light pole, an electrical box and a fire hydrant before it struck a tree, the California Highway Patrol said. Four El Carmelo Elementary School students and three Fairmeadow Elementary School students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade were on the bus at the time.

The truck driver behind the wheel of a white Ford F-750 truck, which belongs to Cosmos Roofing Inc., was traveling north on Middlefield Road while the school bus was heading west on Colorado Avenue just before 8 a.m. when the collision occurred, according to the CHP. A preliminary investigation found that the truck driver ran a red light and broadsided the school bus.

A passenger in the Ford F-750 suffered multiple lacerations and was transported to the hospital after the truck veered off to the left and collided with two metal poles located at the driveway entrance to Wells Fargo Bank at 721 Colorado Ave. in the city's Midtown neighborhood, CHP spokesperson Officer Art Montiel said.

One student suffered a small cut to the upper lip and another student was left with a cut above the eye. Both students were treated at the scene, he said.

The truck driver, a 46-year-old man from San Jose, was unlicensed and will be cited, Montiel said. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm

Did the bus have seat belts? Were the occupants wearing seatbelts?

If not, why not?

It amazes me that such a simple thing as a seatbelt on a bus is not discussed. Children have to wear helmets on bikes, while skiing, on skateboards, etc. They have to be in car seats inside a car. Every occupant in a car must wear a seatbelt. Bus riders must also wear seatbelts.


AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on Feb 15, 2021 at 11:24 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2021 at 11:24 pm

The lack of respect for red lights today is unreal.


Eva_PA
Registered user
Ventura
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:06 am
Eva_PA, Ventura
Registered user
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:06 am

How incredibly scary for the driver and the kids. Even though the injuries sound minor, it must have been traumatic. And frustrating that the drive of the truck was unlicensed.

@ Bystander: PAUSD School Bus rules state:
"Students are required to wear seatbelts and be seated at all times".


Mike Bechler
Registered user
Midtown
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:52 am
Mike Bechler, Midtown
Registered user
on Feb 16, 2021 at 11:52 am

I have posted video of the aftermath. You can see a broken fire hydrant shooting water out from under the bus.

Web Link


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2021 at 12:27 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 16, 2021 at 12:27 pm

@Eva. Thank you, I was not aware of that.


Green Gables
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

I did not know that school buses manufactured with seat belts. No other buses have them.


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