3 injured in Opp bus crash

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, October 1, 2009

A car struck an Opp school bus Thursday, sending two bus passengers and the car’s driver to Mizell Memorial Hospital.

Opp’s assistant police chief Mike McDonald said the accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m.

“The school bus had just left Opp Elementary and was southbound on North Main Street and going to turn eastbound on Jeffcoat Avenue,” McDonald said. “And at the time of the turn, it was struck by a car.”

McDonald said the car did not go underneath the bus; instead, it struck the right side of the bus, in front of the rear tires.

The female driver of the vehicle, whose identity was not immediately released, was entrapped in the vehicle. Emergency personnel had to remove her using the “Jaws of Life.” She was transported to Mizell Memorial Hospital with injuries McDonald described as “severe.”

All the school bus passengers were evacuated, he said.

“The two children who were injured were transported to Mizell Memorial Hospital with what did not appear to be life threatening injuries,” he said.

The determining factors of the accident are still under investigation, he said. No other information was released.