Tour bus driver killed in Grant County collision with school bus carrying children
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — A tour bus driver was killed in a collision with a Quincy school bus carrying 26 children Friday morning.
Washington State Trooper John Bryant said the loaded school bus was rear-ended by an SUV on White Trail Road around 9 a.m., rendering it disabled.
Sometime after that, Bryant said the stopped school bus was struck by an Alpha Omega charter bus that was carrying a driver, tour guide and 39 travelers to Leavenworth.
The driver was pinned in his seat and died at the scene. His name is being withheld until family has been notified.
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the 26 students were between the ages of 5 and 15. All of them were transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center for evaluation before being reunited with their parents. Some of them had minor injuries.
The Quincy Public Market, Pink Oven Bakery, East Wenatchee Olive Garden and other businesses and community members have responded with meals for those being sheltered at the hospital in order to make people as comfortable as possible, the sheriff’s office said.
White Trail Road was closed to traffic between State Route 28 and State Route 281 while the sheriff’s office investigated. It’s unclear if the road is still closed.