High school bus crashes into car on Mount Baker Highway


DEMING - The driver of a small car needed treatment at a Bellingham hospital after a crash involving a school bus east of Deming.

Sergey Fandalyuk, a ninth-grader at Mount Baker High School, sat in the middle of the Mount Baker School District's bus No. 38 at 2:40 p.m. when the bus - going about the 55 mph speed limit, he said - couldn't stop in time before rear-ending a white Mercury sedan.

"All I heard was the bus driver slam on his brakes," Fandalyuk said.

On impact, the Mercury's back end crumpled and the body of the car elevated from the rear axle.

None of the 30-or-so passengers aboard the bus were hurt. But EMTs loaded the Mercury driver, an elderly man, onto a backboard and into an ambulance bound for St. Joseph hospital. His injuries weren't life-threatening, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

The bus lost a panel between its front blinkers and leaked fluid onto the road.

Troopers have not released a suspected cause of the crash. Few official details were available Friday evening.

A third vehicle, a pickup truck, sustained minor damage in the ricochet, witnesses said.

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