Girl, bus collide south of Mill Plain Blvd.

Girl awake, breathing after hitting bus at SE 10th Street and 103rd Avenue

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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A high school student was hurt after she apparently struck a school bus Monday in a residential area in Vancouver as the bus was dropping off students after school.

Responders received a call of a bus hitting a pedestrian near the intersection of Southeast 10th Street and 103rd Avenue at about 2:40 p.m.

Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said investigators believe the girl, after getting off the bus, got on a skateboard and ran into the Mountain View High School bus.

The girl was injured, but the extent of those injuries was unclear.

Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar said that around 3:20 p.m. school and law enforcement officials were starting their investigation. She also heard the child was conscious and breathing following the incident.

Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Kevin Stromberg said department vehicles were recalled before arriving on the scene. He said that leads him to think the girl’s injuries may have been relatively minor.

Kapp said the girl was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for evaluation, and officers with the department’s traffic unit are investigating. As is procedure following traffic incidents involving school buses, the Washington State Patrol will inspect the bus.

Spolar said the driver will be placed on administrative leave, likely through Tuesday.

The district provided another bus to give the high school students aboard a ride home, Spolar said, or offered to make a call to their parents.

“Most of them whipped out their phones and said, ‘We got it,’ ” Spolar said.