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5 injured in school bus crash

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FOUR Inarajan Middle School students and an adult female driver were rushed to Guam Memorial Hospital yesterday afternoon after two vehicles collided and one of them crashed into a school bus carrying 51 students.

As of 7:30 p.m., June Perez, spokeswoman for GMH, said the four students and driver were still undergoing a medical evaluation.

“They are all in good spirits. No major injuries or visible wounds. And they are being checked as a precautionary measure,” Perez said.

Perez said the five patients were all at the hospital's emergency room but she was not certain whether they would be required to stay overnight.

According to Officer A.J. Balajadia, spokesman for the Guam Police Department, the school bus was traveling north on Route 4 at Turtle Cove near the Ylig Bay Bridge in Yoña at around 4:15 p.m. when a male tourist driving a Ford Mustang lost control and collided with the Ford Explorer being driven by the female operator.

The Explorer was heading north in the same direction as the school bus and crashed into the bus after being hit by the Mustang.

Lt. Phil Camacho, acting spokesman for the Guam Fire Department, said GFD units immediately responded to the scene and assessed the condition of the students on the bus as well as the drivers of the two vehicles.

Camacho said the driver of the Mustang and four students aboard the school bus were rushed to the hospital. He said there were no major injuries observed at the accident scene and the students were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

The tourist operator of the Explorer was also assessed but refused treatment.

Robert Malay, deputy superintendent of the Guam Department of Education, rushed to the scene and assessed the condition of the students.

Many students were released to their parents at the accident scene while the rest of the students were transferred to another bus to be transported home.

The Guam Highway Patrol Division is still investigating the three-vehicle collision.

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