Battle Ground school bus rear-ended by car

There were no students aboard during crash

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A Battle Ground school bus with no students aboard was struck from behind when it stopped at a railroad crossing on Highway 503 early Thursday afternoon.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

Kristin Andersen, 30, of Clark County, had just finished dropping students off from Glenwood Heights Primary School and was heading toward the bus yard, according to a bulletin from Battle Ground Public Schools.

She stopped for a railroad crossing on Highway 503 just north of Caples Road at 1:28 p.m., put on her four-way flashers and started to open the door, as required by law, when the bus was struck from behind by a car driven by Geremy Frasier, 33, of Vancouver, according to a Washington State Patrol memo.

Andersen was not injured. A Cascade Student Transportation inspector at the scene estimated damage to the bus was at least $3,000, according to the bulletin from Battle Ground Public Schools.

Frasier had minor injuries. He was charged with following too closely and third-degree driving with a suspended license, according the State Patrol memo. His car, a 2005 Toyota Scion, was totalled in the accident.--Patty Hastings