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Student injured in Mesa school bus-pedestrian accident

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:26 am | Updated: 11:57 am, Thu Dec 1, 2011.

A Skyline High School student was struck by a Mesa school bus about 7 a.m. Wednesday morning as she walked to school.

The student, an 18-year-old female whose name has not been released, was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, said Mesa police spokesman Ed Wessing.

She has a broken leg, possibly a dislocated hip and some soft tissue damage, Wessing said, but her injuries are not life threatening.

The accident happened at the intersection of Broadway and Crismon roads. Wessing said the student was crossing appropriately in the crosswalk on a green light when the bus hit her, according to witnesses.

"He didn't see her," Wessing said of the bus driver. "The front of the bus struck her. She eventually ended up wedged up on the rear tire well of the bus. The fire department was able to extricate her from that area. She was conscious and talking to first responders.

"There were no signs of impairment or speed involved in this. We do expect to cite the driver for failure to yield at a minimum ... We'll make that determination as we continue our investigation."

About 20 students were on the bus at the time of the accident, according to Mesa Unified School District spokeswomen Helen Hollands.

The school principal informed the students of the accident over the school's public address system at 8:30 a.m., Hollands said. Further information about the accident will be sent to Skyline High families later today through the school's notification system.


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