This afternoon there was an incident involving a bus, operated by ESD 112, which went off the road on Washougal River Road. Four students from Cape and Canyon Creek Middle Schools were on the bus at the time. All were wearing seat belts. After being evaluated by first responders, no injuries requiring medical attention were detected or reported. As is standard protocol, families of the students were contacted and informed of the situation.
The incident involved bus #50, which is a smaller special services style bus. The bus transports some students from Cape and Canyon Creek home each evening. The bus went off the road at about mile marker 3, and got stuck in the ditch on the west side of the roadway. The Clark County Sheriff and Camas-Washougal Fire Department both responded to the incident, as well as a tow truck to move the bus back to the roadway.
Staff from the school, ESD 112, and the WSD transportation supervisor responded to the scene to provide assistance. School staff reached out to emergency contacts for each student to share information about the incident. One student was picked up by a parent at the scene, and the remaining students were transported to their usual bus stop.
The safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we are committed to providing safe, reliable transportation to and from school for all families. We will work with ESD 112 to review and follow any of the required steps under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules that apply in this situation. We are grateful that there were no significant injuries and thankful to the local first responders who arrived to support students and the bus driver.