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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Thursday June 3, 2021 - 2:56 AM
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LEWIS COUNTY - Four students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a school bus went off-road on Wednesday afternoon, according to Washington State Patrol.

The bus was carrying 30 students and went off the roadway near Main Street and Katula Road in Lewis County, about half an hour west of Chehalis. 4 students & driver were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At this time, families are reuniting with their children. Expect delays through area as crews investigate.

It's unknown what caused the bus to go off the road.

Four students and a driver of a school bus sustained non-life-threatening injuries when the bus drove off the roadway in Lewis County Wednesday afternoon.

The bus was carrying 30 students at the time, according to Trooper Will Finn.

The crash occurred along Highway 6 just north of Pe Ell.

The students are from Pe Ell School District. They were riding from when the bus was "involved in an accident" around 2:15 p.m., a statement from the district reads.

The district's Emergency Management Response Team is implementing its "emergency protocol." The district is notifying the families of the students involved in the accident.

7-year-old Girl Dies In Similar Bus Crash Last October

There were 22 children on the bus when the crash happened on Highway 58 near the Bradley County line. Five were airlifted to a regional hospital, and two were taken by ambulance.

"It's been a tough day today," Meigs County Sheriff Jackie Melton said. "It's been tough on law enforcement and tough on first responders. We need to keep the families of all involved in our prayers."

The bus driver and 7-year-old Addicyn Grace Medley died in the school bus crash in Meigs County last October with a utility truck that left one other student in critical condition.

According to authorities, the Meigs County school bus was travelling south. An electric utility service vehicle was travelling north, veered off the road and then over-corrected by swerving into the bus's lane. The service vehicle went into a side-skid into the front of the bus.