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Injury Traffic Crash Involving School Bus - Highway 361 south of Madras
November 14, 2012


Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's injury crash involving a loaded school bus and passenger vehicle along Highway 361 about three miles south of Madras. None of the school bus occupants were known to be injured at the scene. The passenger vehicle's driver was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has been treated and released.
 
According to Lieutenant Carl Rhodes, on November 14, 2012 at approximately 3:45 p.m., a Jefferson County School District bus with 43 occupants including students grade K - 5 was stopped with red flashing lights activated northbound on Highway 361 near milepost 3 to let students off. Two other vehicles were stopped behind the bus when a northbound 2010 Prius four-door driven by JANET B. FARRELL, age 62, from Madras, failed to stop. The Prius swerved toward the highway shoulder, continued past the stopped vehicles and crashed into the right rear of the bus.
 
FARRELL was transported by ambulance to Mountain View Hospital in Madras for treatment of injuries. An enforcement decision is pending completion of the investigation and interviews.
 
Jefferson County School District sent another bus to the scene to transport students to their destinations.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District #1, Jefferson County School District, and ODOT. The highway was blocked for over an hour.