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Crane crashes into side of Hillsboro school bus, injuring driver

by: COURTESY OF HILLSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT - A Hillsboro school bus driver was injured Thursday morning when the tip of a construction crane slammed into the driver's side of his bus. No children were on the bus when the accident happened on Northwest Glencoe Road.Hillsboro firefighters pulled an injured school bus driver from a damaged bus Thursday morning after a collision with a truck carrying a construction crane.

The driver’s name was not released. He had what firefighters called non-life threatening injuries.

The accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. near the corner of Northwest Glencoe Road and Evergreen Parkway. The tip of the crane slammed into the front left corner of the bus, crumpling the driver’s side of the vehicle and tipping the bus at about a 30-degree angle.

No students were on the bus at the time of the accident. The bus was returning to the bus barn after its last stop at Liberty High School.

by: COURTESY OF HILLSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT - Hillsboro firefighters had to remove the school bus doors to lift the injured driver out. The driver's injuries were not life-threatening, firefighters said.Because the bus was tilted, the front doors would not open, so bystanders went into the vehicle through the emergency exit to help the driver.

Hillsboro firefighters stabilized the bus with jacks and paramedics rendered aid the injured driver. It took about 20 minutes to remove the passenger door so the driver could be safely taken off the bus.

The accident blocked traffic on Evergreen Parkway for nearly 2 1/2 hours. Glencoe Road was reduced to one lane while firefighters took the driver out of the bus.