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Six injured in school bus accident

October 11, 2011 • Local News


The Cavalier was travelling south on Main Street and the bus travelling north. The bus attempted to make a left to go west on Poe Street without yielding to oncoming traffic. (Jessica Palmer Photo)

A pregnant woman and five children were injured as a result of a traffic accident between a car and Roswell Independent School District school bus. The accident took place at the intersection of South Main and Poe streets, around 3 p.m., after children were released from school, on Monday.

“None of the occupants of the school bus were injured,” Roswell Fire Department Chief James Salas said.

The emergency services implemented mass casualty protocols, “which automatically sends units to the scene,” said Salas.

He listed their conditions as moderate, due to the cause of the injuries. The six casualties were sent to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for treatment.

Salas said the ages of the juvenile passengers of the Chevy Cavalier ranged from a small infant to 7 or 8 years of age. He noted that not all occupants of the vehicle were wearing restraints.

Officer Scott Stevenson said the Cavalier was travelling south on Main Street and the bus attempted to make a left to go west on Poe Street. “We talked to two witnesses. They said the car had a green light. The bus had a yield. The bus did not yield.”

Damages to the Cavalier were severe.

The New Mexico State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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