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UPDATE: Bus stop moved after school bus crash, prompts reminder for drivers

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UPDATE: An eastern Iowa school bus stop along a busy highway is being moved after a crash sends three people to the hospital.

The crash happened Wednesday morning before 7 a.m. as a Waterloo school bus was attempting to make its first stop in its bus route along Highway 218 near the intersection of Washington and W. 11th St.

No kids were on the bus at the time. Authorities say the bus driver, as well as two other people, were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Responding authorities say a big factor in the five-car accident was drivers simply not knowing what the laws are when it comes to a stopped school bus. 

According to Waterloo Police, there were cars who were not following the law and were not stopped, traveling behind the bus. A truck driver was attempting to avoid the series of cars, and that's when it crashed into the bus.    

Durham School Services, the company which operates Waterloo's buses, says the bus driver behind the wheel was following all the rules of the road. 

"Our driver was coming to the designated stop, she had deployed the 8-way flashing yellow lights," said Kate Walden, a spokeswoman for Durham School Services. 

Pete Hjelmstad from the Iowa DOT says the rules of the road are simple.

"If a school bus is coming to a stop and you are behind it and it starts flashing its amber (yellow) lights and red lights, you have to stop," said Hjelmstad. "There is no instance where you are behind the school bus and they come to a stop and you can go around it."

In this instance on Highway 218, all drivers would be required to come to a stop at least 15 feet away from the back of the bus.

The DOT breaks down the rules with diagrams on their website

"The only time you can go past a school bus is if you're going in the opposite direction and it has two or more lanes going in each direction," said Hjelmstad. "So it's a four lane highway, or a four lane highway with a center turn lane."

Hjelmstad says even if you can legally pass a bus, do so with caution. 

Durham School Services say they have had no complaints or previous accidents with this bus stop. However, as a precaution, Walden says the bus stop is being moved to Lowell Elementary, so students will get on the bus in the schools driveway.

Waterloo police say no charges have been filed at this time.


UPDATE: Waterloo fire says there were 5 vehicles involved in an early morning accident on Washington St. (218) this morning. 

The accident happened at the bus stop near the intersection of Washington and W. 11th St. It happened not long before 7 this morning. 

Waterloo fire says three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They are expected to be OK. The bus driver was taken to a hospital, but there were no kids on the bus. 


A Waterloo School District bus was involved in an accident on Washington Street in Waterloo.

According to a school spokesperson, no students were on board when the accident happened.

The accident looked like it involved a bus, a truck, and a third vehicle. We are still working to learn how many vehicles were involved. The accident happened near where Washington Street intersects with W. 11th Street. 

Waterloo police and fire are on scene. 

Stay with KWWL on-air and online for this developing story. 

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