Driver, passenger from Blaine school bus crash remain hospitalized

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 4, 2013 

Blaine Bus Crash

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Travis Snider, left, and Trooper Brad Beattie inspect a car that crashed into a Blaine school bus at the intersection of Alderson Road and Blaine Road Thursday morning, Oct 3, 2013. The two people in the car were seriously injured. No one on the bus was hurt.

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The driver of a car that struck a school bus near Blaine Thursday was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, according to hospital officials.

The driver, Austin C. Markusen, 38, and his passenger, Krista J. Wieandt, 26, were both seriously injured when the Pontiac Grand Prix they were in smashed into a school bus full of kids as it turned through the fog from Alderson Road onto Blaine Road Thursday morning.

Wieandt was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition at St. Joseph hospital as of Friday morning, according to hospital officials. Markusen was upgraded from critical to serious condition on Saturday.

None of the 42 students on the bus were injured, said Mark Francis, a Washington State Patrol spokesman.

The bus driver, Jerre L. Bouma, 61, reported the car did not have headlights on, Francis said. Troopers believe the car was traveling at a high rate of speed through foggy conditions, and are investigating whether Markusen was under the influence of drugs, Francis said.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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