Dump truck rear-ends school bus in N. Ariz.

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

JEROME Ariz. -- A bus driver's rule is credited with saving the lives of many children after a collision with a dump truck Tuesday morning in northern Arizona, according to the Department of Public Safety.

DPS spokesman Raul Garcia said a bottom (belly) dump truck slammed into the back of a Mingus Springs Charter School bus that was slowing to pick up a child along state Route 89 across from the Paulden post office at about 6:40 a.m.

The roadway was wet from recent rain, according to Garcia.

The dump truck, which was loaded with approximately 40,000 pounds of concrete mix, rolled onto its side. The bus remained upright.

One child received a minor injury and was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. The truck driver sustained serious injuries and was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Garcia said the bus driver had a previously established rule with the children prohibiting them from sitting in the back of the bus.

"It is evident from the considerable damage to the rear end of the school bus that the lives of many children were saved today," Garcia said.