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The students riding the bus Monday afternoon were unhurt, according to Hillsboro police.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Kids disembark a Hillsboro School District bus last year. A similar bus was involved in a crash Monday, Oct. 28, that sent three adults to the hospital.Three people were hospitalized after a school bus rear-ended an SUV on East Main Street in Hillsboro, pushing it into a Toyota stopped in front of it, Hillsboro police said Monday, Oct. 28.

Sgt. Eric Bunday, a spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department, said westbound vehicles on East Main Street approaching Northeast 69th Avenue were stopping to yield to an emergency vehicle at about 4 p.m. Monday.

"It appears as though there was an ambulance that was turning, and two cars ahead of the bus had stopped to yield to the ambulance," said Hillsboro School District spokeswoman Beth Graser. "Our bus did not see that they were doing that in time."

"The bus failed to stop in time," Bunday said. "It struck the back of the Lexus and pushed it into the (Toyota) Corolla."

The driver and passenger of the Lexus and the driver of the Corolla were transported to the hospital with what Bunday characterized as "non-life-threatening" injuries.

There were three children on the school bus, all from nearby Poynter Middle School, according to Graser. None were hurt.

The students' parents were notified and came to pick them up, Graser said.

The bus driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Bunday said police had not issued citations as of about 5:30 p.m. Monday, but it was possible one or more of the drivers could be cited.

Graser said following district procedure, the driver will undergo a mandatory drug test and be placed on temporary leave. After the results come back, the district will determine whether further action is required.

The westbound lanes of East Main Street were closed at the scene for about an hour, Bunday said. They have since reopened.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information from the Hillsboro School District.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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