6 People hurt in car-school bus crash in Aguila

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

AGUILA, Ariz. -- Authorities say three children have been injured after a Wickenburg School District bus collided with a passenger car on U.S. 60 near the small town of Aguila.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say five children under the age of 13 and a driver were aboard the bus when the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The bus reportedly rolled four times before coming to a stop.

Howard Carslon, the superintendent of the Wickenburg Unified School District, said all three children are doing OK.

The victims are an 11-year-old girl in sixth grade, a 10-year-old boy in fifth grade, and an 8-year-old boy in second grade.

"I felt the bus swerve, and then I kept hitting the roof and then the ground and then the roof and then the ground, like four times," said 11-year-old Kaelyn Shipman, who was recovering at a hospital Thursday night.

Also recovering at the hospital was 10-year-old Nathan Shipman. He said that when he and the other students were told to exit the bus, he remembered drills held at school and opened an emergency door.

One student is from Vulture Peak Middle School and the other two are from Hassayampa Elementary.

It was the last day of school for Wickenburg School District students.

DPS officials said the driver of the car was trapped inside the vehicle and is seriously injured and two other people in the car also are hurt.

Two medical helicopters landed at the scene to airlift the injured to hospitals.

The 8-year-old boy was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital as a precaution because he had injuries to his head. He is expected to be OK.

DPS officials are still investigating the crash but say the driver of the passenger car might have fallen asleep.

Aguila is about 20 miles west of Wickenburg.