School bus wreck; driver's blood analysis pending

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Cause of crash unknown
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UPDATE JAN. 29:

PHOENIX -- According to the Phoenix Police Department, the bus driver, Alfonso Saavedra, 46, told investigators that he passed out after impact with the first vehicle involved in the collision.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said commercial vehicle inspectors examined the bus and found no mechanical issues with the vehicle.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

A blood analysis from the driver is pending.

No citations have been issued at this time.

Two victims from the collision remain hospitalized Thursday.

The Fowler Elementary School District released the following statement about the wreck:

On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 a district bus driven by an employee of First Student was involved in a multi-vehicular accident. The Phoenix Police Department and Department of Public Safety (DPS) are investigating the accident, and the district is fully cooperating with these authorities. The facts and circumstances involving this unfortunate event are not yet fully known. The District expects to have more information once the authorities have completed their investigation. The bus was transporting about 39 students. Reports are that none of the students sustained serious injuries.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- At least 25 patients are reported injured in a wreck involving a school bus.

Rescue crews responded to the scene in the area of 67th Avenue and McDowell after a school bus started plowing into multiple vehicles. In all 13 vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Initial reports indicate a school bus driver blacked out for an unknown reason.

The off-ramp to 67th avenue on I-10 was shut down due to the wreck, as was 67th avenue from Roosevelt to McDowell.

Of the 25 injured, 3 were critical patients, 11 received non life threatening injuries, and 11 had minor injuries.

Two kids that were on the bus received minor injuries.

Police are investigating the scene to determine what happened.

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