UPDATE: Alexandra Vanderpool taken to Emanuel Hospital

by: MOLALLA POLICE SGT. CHRIS LONG - An Oregon City woman was seriously injured when a Molalla school bus hit her Volkswagen on Thurday morning.A Life Flight helicopter took an injured 19-year-old Oregon City woman to Emanuel Hospital in Portland after a Molalla school bus T-boned her vehicle early on Thursday morning.

Oregon State Police identified her as Alexandra Vanderpool after notifying family members.

The crash occurred about 6:28 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 211 and South Vaughn Road. According to OSP Senior Trooper Dan Swift, Vanderpool’s 2001 Volkswagen Passat was heading westbound on 211 west of Vaughan Road when it encountered some black ice and slid into the oncoming traffic lane. The Volkswagen collided with a full-sized school bus being operated by First Students under contract with the Molalla School District.

No children were aboard the bus at the time of the crash, police said.

The driver of the school bus, Lori Koos, 57, of Molalla, was taken by car to Wilamette Falls hospital, where she was treated and released. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and the airbags on the Volkswagen deployed.

Molalla Police Sgt. Chris Long, who was at the scene, said weather conditions contributed to the accident.

“The road was icy, and the car slid in front of the bus,” Long said.

Molalla Fire District was dispatched. When paramedics arrived at the scene, they requested the Life Flight because of the seriousness of Vanderpool’s injuries, dispatchers said.

Oregon Department of Transportation reported Highway 211 two miles east of Molalla was closed in both directions until 7:45 a.m.

This is the fourth school-bus crash in the Molalla River School District in recent months.

Superintendent Tony Mann said he has been looking into the incident.

“I been in contact with the local First Student supervisor and corporate offices and gave our concern about school-bus safety,” Mann said. “I have continued to communicate with her and the corporate office to learn as much as I can about the facts surrounding this morning’s accident. At this time, with the absence of police reports, I can’t confirm any facts other than there were no children on the bus.”

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