Three high school teenagers were traveling eastbound in a silver Mazda four-door sedan approaching River Village Drive where a school bus had stopped to pick up students. The bus was stopped with its red flashing lights activated and both side stop signs deployed.
The Mazda was driven by a female who had a male passenger in the back seat and a female passenger in the front seat. The driver was wearing a seat belt but both passengers were not.
For reasons still to be determined, the driver of the Mazda failed to reduce her vehicle’s speed and subsequently slammed into the rear of the stopped school bus. Evidence at the scene indicated very little braking was applied prior to the impact. The sedan was wedged under the rear portion of the bus, resulting in the occupants having to be extricated from the car.
The female driver was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno while the other two were transported to Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon by ground ambulance. A second helicopter was dispatched to the Fallon hospital to transport the male passenger to Renown. The latest information about their conditions is the male passenger has life-threatening injuries and both females sustained moderate injuries.
The bus driver and 34 students on the bus were medically screened at the scene, transported onto a second bus and taken to the parking lot of E.C. Best Elementary School, which is across the street from the hospital in Fallon. Three students reported injuries from the collision, which were believed to be very minor in nature.
Both eastbound lanes were closed near the accident scene and Nevada Department of Transportation personnel assisted with diverting eastbound traffic into the center turn lane and around the crash scene. Both lanes were reopened at about 10:15 a.m.
The Major Accident Investigation Team will be conducting the investigation and witnesses, or anyone with additional information, is encouraged to call Trooper Eric Gallagher at 775-689-4661 regarding case No. NHP-201102280367.