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School Aide Injured in Parks Highway School Bus Crash

November 06, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News
  • Wasilla police say a school aide was injured in the single-vehicle crash of a small school bus Tuesday afternoon, which was headed south on the Parks Highway near its intersection with Kenai Supply Road. No students were on board the bus at the time.
Courtesy Kathleen Paulus Holmes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A school aide was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon when a small school bus with no students on board drove off the Parks Highway and rolled into a ditch in Wasilla, according to local police.

Wasilla Police Department Sgt. Chris Watchus says the bus was headed south on the Parks at about 2 p.m., with only the aide and a driver on board, when it left the road near the highway’s intersection with Kenai Supply Road.

No information was immediately available on the severity of the aide’s injuries.

A photo of the crash taken by a Channel 2 viewer shows several firefighters gathered around the bus, lying on its side with its doors open.

The Mat-Su Borough School District said in a Tuesday statement that the bus didn't belong to the borough, and was instead being used by the CCS Early Learning Center for a Head Start preschool program.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and Watchus says more information will be released later this week.

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