YUMA, Ariz. – It was a rough start to the school year on Monday as a Yuma Union High School District bus was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that sent several people to the hospital.
The collision happened at the intersection of Avenue 3E and 32nd Street. According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), the school bus and a sedan were turning left onto 32nd Street when a Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling eastbound on 32nd Street crashed into the sedan which then struck the school bus.
YCSO says that the bus was transporting 25 people. Following the crash 2 students were sent to the hospital for evaluation. We currently do not know the extent of their injuries. The bus driver, Alejandrina Augustin, 46, was evaluated at the scene and “refused” medical attention according to YCSO. Leigh Armstrong, 31, the driver of the sedan, had her two children in the car according to YCSO; all three of them were also transported to the hospital. YCSO says they have non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge Ram, Andrew Ramos, 29, was evaluated at the scene and “refused” medical attention.
At approximately 9:00 a.m., the Yuma Union High School District released information to parents via their Blackboard connect that provided instructions for parents to contact Kofa High School directly if they had any questions about their children. The school district says a second bus was called to the scene to transport the uninjured students to class on time.
The YCSO is now investigating the crash. They have said that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this case.