No serious injuries in Monday school bus crash; pickup driver cited

2014-02-18T16:30:00Z 2014-02-18T21:52:05Z No serious injuries in Monday school bus crash; pickup driver citedBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A school bus driver was taken to a hospital after a pickup turned into its path on Highway 312 on Monday, but suffered no serious injuries, the Shepherd School District superintendent said.

The driver of the pickup, Clint Flanagan, 41, of Billings, was cited for failure to yield the right of way, said Montana Highway Patrol trooper Eli Wolfe.

Wolfe said the pickup was eastbound on Highway 312 near Barry Drive and the bus was westbound at about 4:30 p.m.

The pickup, driven by Flanagan, attempted to turn left into a private driveway, but before he could reach the driveway, the bus hit the pickup, Wolfe said.

The bus was taking students home after school, said Dan Jamieson, Shepherd School District superintendent.

The bus driver was injured and taken to a hospital, but after an examination, doctors determined that she had no broken bones or other serious injury, Jamieson said.

She will, however, be taking time off to recover.

"She was banged up and bruised," he said. "Her leg is swollen."

A few students complained of sore necks, some minor bumps and a set of loose braces, but had no serious injuries, he said.

Speed, alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, Wolfe said.

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