Crash, Dilley, FGSD

Forest Grove School District bus crashes between Dilley and Gaston

The bus’ front end was impacted by an untimely meeting with a ditch. Photo: WCSO

GASTON – No one was injured after a bus transporting Forest Grove School District students left the road and crashed between Gaston and Dilley on Wednesday morning.

As first reported by the Forest Grove News Times, approximately 15 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

An updated count from the Forest Grove School District puts the number of students at 10, from Forest Grove High School, Neil Armstrong Middle School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School.

According to Sgt. Danny DiPietro, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, the crash occurred close to 8:15 a.m.; the Forest Grove School District said in a statement that the crash occurred on Scoggins Valley Road near Hagg Lake.

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No other vehicles were involved in the crash, the cause of which remains under investigation.

“Rt. 14 veered off the road in foggy conditions this morning. All students were evaluated by first responders and there were no injuries. All affected families have been contacted,” the FGSD said in a popup statement that greeted visitors to their website.

Students were ferried to school by an alternate bus or picked up by a parent or guardian, the district said.

The district is investigating the crash with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Mid-Columbia Bus Co., the company contracted by the district to provide bus services.

Mid Columbia Bus Company could not immediately be reached for comment.

This article has been updated with additional information from a Forest Grove School District press release.

Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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