No injuries in school bus crash near Geneva Elementary

No students were injured when a school bus headed to Bellingham High School crashed into a parked car Monday morning, Sept. 14, according to the Bellingham School District.

The bus, carrying 36 kids, hit a legally parked car that was unoccupied on Austin Street in the Geneva neighborhood, said Bellingham School District spokeswoman Jackie Brawley.

Nobody was hurt. The bus had minimal damage to the exterior, Brawley said. She didn’t know the damage to the parked car.

The kids on the bus arrived to school at about 8:25 a.m. — more than a half hour late, Brawley said.

The bus was supposed to pick up Geneva Elementary School students on its next route. Those kids were late getting picked up, but Brawley said many parents were aware of the situation and took kids to school on their own.

The district’s standard protocol when a bus is involved in a crash is to test the driver for controlled substances and relieve the driver from their assignment until an investigation is completed.

Whatcom County Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick said the bus driver was ticketed for driving with wheels off the roadway.