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School bus accident results in minor injuries

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A mini-pickup and a Roswell Independent School District bus collided Thursday morning resulting in what medics called minor injuries to five students and moderate injuries to the driver of the pickup.

An accident Thursday morning involving a mini-pickup and a Roswell Independent School District bus resulted in minor injuries to a few children and moderate injuries to the pickup driver, according to the Roswell Police Department.

The collision at the intersection of South Main and Summit streets was called into police at 7:51 a.m. Twenty-eight school children were aboard the bus, according to Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department spokesman.

Wildermuth said that an investigation of the accident indicated that the bus had been heading east on Summit Street and began to turn northbound onto Main Street at a green light when the pickup driver, heading southbound on Main Street, allegedly ran a red light and collided with the bus.

Wildermuth said that the driver of the pickup, Maximino Herrera, 63, of Roswell, was cited for careless driving, no insurance and failure to use a seat belt.

Herrera was taken to the hospital with injuries that medics on the scene described as “moderate,” Wildermuth said.

According to a traffic officer on the scene, six students complained of minor injuries, he said.

But Susan Sanchez, interim superintendent of the Roswell Independent School District, released a written statement indicating that five of the school children, who were en route to Mesa Middle School, were taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

“Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported,” she said.

Sanchez said she and RISD Director of Transportation Chris Thweatt were at the scene of the accident “to ensure that the proper protocols were followed to ensure the safety of the students and the driver.”

Sanchez also said that she went to the hospital to “assist with the arrival of the five students and to ensure that each of the five students was reunited with his/her parent(s).”

She added that parents of all students on the bus, No. 78, were notified of the incident and that a school nurse at Mesa Middle provided an additional check-up of students after they arrived.

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Roswell Police Department, the Roswell Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Pollard Bus Co., the incident was handled calmly and efficiently,” Sanchez said.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.