Injuries minor in car-school bus crash

Sedan's driver cited for recklessness after head-on wreck

APPLEGATE — Two elementary schoolchildren were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with minor injuries after a head-on collision between a school bus and a sedan.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. at milepost 11 on Applegate Road, southeast of Kubli Road near the Bridgeview Wine tasting room.

There were eight children and a driver on the bus and one man in the car.

Police say the bus was southbound on North Applegate Road when Grants Pass resident John Woodward, 24, lost control of his Nissan Maxima while traveling north at a high rate of speed.

"He just hit me head-on," said Gerald Garbis, the bus driver. "He came flying into my lane. There was nothing I could do."

Woodward suffered cuts and was bleeding, but did not lose consciousness.

"He got out on his own," Garbis said.

Woodward was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center with minor injuries. He was cited $435 for careless driving.

Two children were stabilized at the side of the road and placed on sleds as a precaution, then loaded into an American Medical Response ambulance to be transported to the Grants Pass hospital.

"They're going to be all right," said a man at the scene who declined to give his name but identified himself as the father of four of the eight children on the bus.

Capt. Mike Kuntz of Applegate Fire District confirmed that none of the injuries were serious.

The bus was picking up children who attend Applegate School, which has students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The stretch of road was closed for 90 minutes after the collision. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Applegate Fire Department responded to the crash.

Portions of this story came from the Grants Pass Daily Courier.

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