All injuries were called 'minor' in the incident, on the first day of school in the Forest Grove School District.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A Forest Grove school bus and a minivan collided in Cornelius on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 29, leaving two students and the minivan's driver with what law enforcement called 'minor' injuries.A school bus was involved in a crash at the intersection of North 11th Avenue and Clark Street in Cornelius after school Wednesday, Aug. 29, leaving two students and an adult with "minor" injuries, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Detective Mark Povolny, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said a minivan apparently rolled through a stop sign at the intersection and collided with a southbound school bus, which Povolny said had the right of way at the time, at about 4:02 p.m. Wednesday.

The bus was transporting 12 students from nearby Echo Shaw Elementary School, said David Warner, a spokesman for the Forest Grove School District. Two students suffered what Povolny described as "very minor" injuries, although one of the students was hospitalized "as a precaution, at the parent's request," Povolny said.

"One of the students was transported with their parent … just to get checked out," Warner said.

The driver of the minivan also suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, as was the other injured student, Povolny said. The minivan driver was also cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, Povolny added.

Warner said all of the students' parents were contacted and John O'Neill, the school district's assistant superintendent, came out to the scene. Another bus was called out to transport the students home.

The school bus did not have its lights on or stop sign extended, as it was not offloading students at the time of the incident, according to Povolny.

"This did not have to do with someone trying to drive around the bus when they were picking up or letting off kids," Povolny said.

Wednesday was the first day of school for Forest Grove elementary schools, including Echo Shaw.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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