LYNDEN, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 7:20am on Tuesday, May 2nd, to a report of a crash involving a school bus in the 500 block on W Pole Road, between Aldrich and Old Guide Roads.
Initial and unconfirmed radioed reports from the scene were that there were passengers on the Meridian School District school bus. The driver of the other vehicle required extrication assistance.
As of 7:25am, the road was reportedly closed to all traffic in the area.
About 8:45am, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) said the road would be closed for “at least a couple of hours” and motorists were advised to use alternate routes.
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Division Chief Shaun Ward told Whatcom News the driver of the car was seriously injured and responders had to use tools to extricate them from the vehicle. There were 9 children on the bus and 2 suffered minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene. The bus driver was uninjured.
Ward said the driver of the car was transported from the scene by a medic unit under advanced life support (ALS) protocols to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.
Some children were transported from the scene by family while others were escorted to a waiting bus and taken to Meridian High School.
WCSO is investigating the cause of the crash.
WCSO announced at 2:40pm that the road had been reopened.