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A Ferndale School bus after being driven into a ditch on Delta Line Road (December 20, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

School bus ends up in ditch – no injuries

FERNDALE, Wash. — A Ferndale School District (FSD) bus was being backed up this morning, December 20th, when the right-rear tires dropped into a ditch adjacent to the road. As a result, the bus became disabled. Law enforcement were dispatched to the scene about 7:30am.

According to a FSD spokesperson, the bus was performing a turnaround maneuver that involved backing into W 95th Terrace from Delta Line Road when it became disabled.

None of the 13 students on the bus nor the driver were injured according to the spokesperson. The students were transferred to another bus and either got to their destinations on-time or soon after.

The incident occurred while picking up students destined for Horizon Middle School and Ferndale High School. The FSD Transportation Department will be contacting families of students who were on the bus so any concerns can be addressed.

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As per FSD policy, the driver will undergo a drug and alcohol test, the spokesperson said.

  • Scene of a Ferndale School Bus after being driven into a ditch on Delta Line Road (December 20, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Scene of a Ferndale School Bus after being driven into a ditch on Delta Line Road (December 20, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Scene of a Ferndale School Bus after being driven into a ditch on Delta Line Road (December 20, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

4 Comments

  1. Genesis de Vries Genesis de Vries December 20, 2019

    That driver has always been a safe driver. That route has a couple of turn arounds, that are very tight. Especially, on dark rainy days.

    • Karen M Joseph Karen M Joseph December 20, 2019

      Rain that early in the morning makes for a hard turn around in a normal sized rig. I can’t imagine a bus that size! Thank you for driving our kids – hope your bus is repaired quickly.

  2. Lynn. Evans Lynn. Evans December 21, 2019

    I’m glad everyone is ok, he’s such a amazing bus driver, and I agree such a hard area to turn around in. 😊

  3. clarissa-wilson clarissa-wilson December 21, 2019

    It was scary on there. (I was on the bus)

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