Driver escapes schoolbus collision with minor injuries

The Toyota Camry station wagon was wedged under the front of the school bus. The bus sustained minor damages.  Photo by Henry Hollander

The Toyota Camry station wagon was wedged under the front of the school bus. The bus sustained minor damages.
Photo by Henry Hollander

By Steve Guntli

A driver suffered minor injuries after colliding with a Blaine school bus on June 5.

At approximately 6:55 a.m., a Semiahmoo Resort employee was driving home after an all-night shift in his gray Toyota Camry station wagon. North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) chief Henry Hollander said he believes the driver drifted off to sleep while approaching the intersection at Blaine Road and Drayton Road, near the Market Fuel station. The driver struck an oncoming school bus, wedging the front of the Camry under the front of the bus.

Firefighters from NWFR Station 63 in Birch Bay responded to the scene. The Camry sustained massive damage to its front, but the driver received only minor facial lacerations and did not need to be transported to the hospital, Hollander said. The bus driver was unharmed, and no other passengers were in the bus at the time.

Hollander said he has no reason to suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

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