Updated on: 1/22/2019
Two people were injured when a large pickup truck slammed into the back of a King County Metro bus Tuesday in Kent, according to the King County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. on Canyon Drive near Alvord Avenue North.
Police say the pickup truck was towing a trailer loaded with plywood when it smashed into the Route 166 bus that was stopped in a bus zone on Canyon Drive. The pickup truck was traveling at a high speed and caused serious damage to the back of the bus.
There were six passengers in addition to the driver aboard the bus at the time of the crash. Two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment. The others were evaluated at the scene and released.
There is no word on the condition of the pickup truck driver.
The incident remains under investigation.
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Bus Accidents in Washington State
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