Woman driving car ran red light before hitting school bus, Metro says

LAS VEGAS - The 70-year-old woman driving a car that hit a school bus Thursday ran a red light, according to Metro Police.

The collision happened at the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

There were 36 students on the bus at the time of the crash. The bus driver, 40-year-old Dawn Rice, and 14 of the kids were injured and taken to University Medical Center.

The driver of the 2000 Ford Taurus was also transported to the hospital where she died. One patient, who was in the car that collided with the bus, remains in critical condition.

Metro said the woman in the car was driving eastbound on Carey Avenue crossing Nellis Boulevard on a red signal when she struck the right side of the bus.  According to evidence at the scene and witness statements, the 2007 Thomas standard yellow school bus had the green traffic signal as it was traveling southbound on Nellis Boulevard crossing Carey Avenue.  The Taurus' light was red.

The left front of the Taurus was partially crushed under the right rear dual tires of the school bus, Metro said.

The school bus was forced into a clockwise rotation and ran off the right side of the roadway, south of the intersection. The school bus then crashed through a chain link fence and continued west into the undeveloped desert landscape.

The school bus then tipped over onto the left side and continued to slide a short distance in the dirt. 

The driver and passengers of the bus were able to exit through the top hatches and the emergency rear door. Fear was evident on the faces of parents as they headed into UMC and was replaced with sadness and frustration when they came out.

Tonyisa Dease-Jones had three children on the bus.

This is a picture of one of them who was still in the hospital Thursday afternoon.

"My kids are all I have," she said.

When she spoke with 8 News NOW, 14-year-old T-ondre was drifting in and out of consciousness.

This is the 49th traffic-related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction for 2017. This collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Collision Investigation Section.


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