By Rick Dayton

MOUNT WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Several students were injured when the school bus collided with a car and a utility pole on Mount Washington Thursday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the crash happened in the 600-block of Warrington Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. The impact was so severe that it nearly split the front end of the bus wide open.

“When I saw that my heart was like oh my god my kids,” South Hills Middle School Principal Dr. Deborah Cox said.

Dr. Cox raced out of the building after she heard a bus load of her kids were in a crash.

“One of our teachers, Mrs. Conway, called and said she was right behind the bus and she saw the accident and it was pretty bad,” Dr. Cox said.

“We were actually just following the bus down and then the white car swerved over into our lane and hit the school bus and the school bus swerved into the pole,” Lezlie Conway said.

Conway teaches physical education and she and others helped students get out.

“A lot of them were shaking, crying. So, I could console them. That was mainly all I could do,” Conway said.

Six children were taken to Children’s Hospital to be checked out. One complained of neck pain while another had a shoulder injury. A third complained of a leg problem and a bruise on one’s face.

The driver of the bus and the white car were taken to a hospital in the same ambulance. The bus driver was in a neck brace, but most of the kids are fine after a teacher and Good Samaritan helped them after the crash.

“My car is still running because I just jumped out and ran down to make sure they were okay,” Conway said.

“You go on your heart based on taking care of your children. They are my children and my kids,” Dr. Cox said.


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