ANCHORAGE, Alaska — No injuries were reported after a pickup truck rear-ended a school bus with 10 students on board in Wasilla Monday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.
A Tuesday AST dispatch says troopers responded to the crash, near Mile 14.5 of Knik-Goose Bay Road, at about 5:40 p.m. A 1997 Ford pickup driven by 17-year-old Wasilla resident Mackenzie Jenkins had rear-ended the bus, which had its lights on during a stop.
“AST contacted the bus driver, Louis Mabry age 45 of Palmer, who reported (medics) responded to the scene and none of the 10 children on the bus were injured during the crash,” troopers wrote.
Everyone involved was wearing seat belts, and the vehicles received only minor damage.
Jenkins was cited for failing to exercise due care to avoid a collision in a highway safety corridor. AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the citation covers many possible contributing factors in a crash, ranging from distracted driving to driving too fast for conditions.
“Usually, when (troopers) talk about failing to exercise due care, they’re talking about not doing everything you could to avoid a crash,” Peters said.