Motorist rear-ends school bus

Kids onboard weren't hurt; the motorist was listed in serious condition at Providence Medford Medical Center
The driver of the car, Sylvia Horton, 72, of the 500 block of YMCA Way in Ashland, is placed in an ambulance.

A 72-year-old Ashland woman was seriously injured when her compact car slammed into the back of a First Student bus at a stop Monday afternoon on South Pacific Highway south of Phoenix, authorities said.

None of the two dozen Phoenix Elementary School kids on the bus were injured in the 2:52 p.m. crash, said Phoenix-Talent School District Superintendent Ben Bergreen.

The bus's red flashing lights were operating when the bus stopped in the right northbound lane just north of the Farmers Market when the collision occurred, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Jeff Walker said.

The highway's right lane was blocked for about 90 minutes while wrecking crews cleaned up the crash, Walker said.

Each student was interviewed before being placed on a First Student replacement bus to finish the route, Bergreen said.

The driver of the Plymouth Neon two-door sedan involved in the wreck was later identified as Sylvia Horton, of the 500 block of YMCA Way in Ashland.

She appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, where she was listed Monday in serious but stable condition, authorities said.

Walker said a preliminary investigation showed either driver error or inattentive driving. She may be cited, Walker said.

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