LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) – One person was killed and 16 children were hospitalized after a crash involving a Clark County school bus and another vehicle Thursday morning, according to authorities.
The crash happened near the intersection of Carey Avenue and Nellis Boulevard northeast of downtown around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, LVMPD Deputy Sheriff Chris Jones told reporters.
Clark County School District Police Capt. Ken Young said 48 students were on the full bus headed to William H. Bailey Middle School when the vehicles collided at the intersection and sent the bus careening into a vacant lot.
The driver of the sedan was confirmed dead at the scene while a child passenger in that vehicle suffered critical injuries. The child was not a student at Bailey, Young said.
Fifteen students in the overturned bus were transported from the scene to area hospitals with moderate, but none-life threatening injuries, Young said. A University Medical Center spokeswoman said 14 children ages 11 to 16 were treated for mostly minor injuries. Two others were treated at Sunrise hospital and released.
Cristina Marquez said her son, Angelo Marquez, 13, called her after the crash, telling her that kids went flying from their seats as the bus tipped on its side.
“He was upset. He keeps talking about one girl who had her hand through a window, slit her wrist,” Marquez told The Associated Press. “One of his friends had a neck injury.”
The teen said he also saw someone got a cut near their eye.
“I was scared and all I could think was to close my eyes,” Angelo Marquez said.
An aerial view from a KSNV-TV news helicopter showed the full-sized yellow bus on its side with its stop lights flashing and two roof escape hatches open while police investigated the cause of the crash.
“This could have been worse, but at this time, we’re happy to report that all students are accounted for,” Young said.
Young also praised the actions of the bus driver in assuring all students on her bus were safe.
“The driver responded with excellent care…we are celebrating the driver,” Young said.
Marquez said some children were distraught but most were calm, helping each other and the bus driver out of the tipped-over vehicle. She said her son had cuts and scratches.
She said turnover among drivers was high on the route to school, and the woman driving the bus Thursday had been on the route for a few months.
Nellis was shut down between Cheyenne and Carey and was expected to remain closed for several hours while the investigation into the crash continued.