Crash involving school bus in Camas sends one to hospital

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



A school bus was involved in a crash with a car early Friday morning, sending the driver of the car to the hospital.

The driver of a Camas School District school bus heading south on Northeast Everett Street turned left onto Northeast 49th Avenue and failed to yield to a northbound gray Mazda 3 causing the collision about 7:30 a.m., Camas Police Sgt. David Chaney said.

The driver of the Mazda 3, Michael Devaney, 30, of Camas, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Chaney said. Neither the bus driver nor the 47 children inside were injured.

Chaney said that the driver of the bus, Denise Mills, 49, was cited for failing to yield while making a left turn.

Camas School District Spokeswoman Doreen McKercher said that Mills drove the bus from the scene to Camas High School, where another bus took the students who did not attend Camas High School to both Liberty Middle School and Hayes Freedom High School.

Mills then underwent a screening for drug and alcohol, McKercher said, standard protocol following a school bus-involved collision.

Mills will remain on administrative leave until the results of the screening are made available and the school district reviews the police reports when they become available, McKercher said, which would at least be through Tuesday.