2 Full School Buses Have Minor Accident

Two children taken to area hospital, 17 others treated at the scene

Two Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) buses collided in front of Desert Vista Elementary School last week resulting in minor injures.

Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) was at the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 and reported that both buses were full of children, some injured.

After the first responders arrived, the call was upgraded to a First Alarm Medical incident, which brought more than 40 fire and EMS personnel to the scene from SFMD, the Mesa Fire & Medical Department and American Medical Response.

19 persons were treated at the scene, including two adults and 17 children.

Only two children were transported to a hospital for further treatment; all others refused further treatment.

Officials said that the incident scene was large, but organized well.

SFMD spokesman Rick Ochs said, “I give much credit to the many responders who train every day to prepare for these types of incidents… this incident was managed very smoothly because of the support of the school district staff and the Apache Junction Police Department.

Staff members from Desert Vista Elementary School were able to contact the parents of injured children very quickly, which prevented any delays of treatment by paramedics.”

In an email to parents of the students at DVES, Superintendent Krista Anderson said, “Two AJUSD school buses were involved in a minor accident with each other. The bus routes involved were 4 and 5. Our staff took action immediately to ensure that kids were safe and received medical attention, if necessary. It is our commitment to ensuring that your children are safe and well taken care of in Apache Junction Unified School District.”

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