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DEVELOPING: Driver travels through red light, strikes teen in crosswalk

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DEVELOPING: Cedar Rapids Police confirm Cameron Michael Smeby, 15, of Cedar Rapids was struck by a school bus around 7:30 a.m. on October 4.

The incident happened at 26th St. and Mount Vernon Rd. SE.

Cedar Rapids Police say the school bus was traveling east in the 2500 block of Mount Vernon Road SE. The student, entered the crosswalk and began walking north across the street. The crosswalk was protected by a traffic signal. Cedar Rapids Police say the bus driver traveled through the red light and hit the teen.

The driver of the bus has been identified as Darla Rose Ogden, 53, of Cedar Rapids. Ogden, was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

Smeby has serious injuries.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District, who employed Ogden, issued a statement about the incident that reads,

“Today, we continue to extend wishes for a full recovery to the 15-year-old child who was struck by a bus yesterday morning.
This is an accident which has directly and indirectly impacted students, families, and staff in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. We continue to offer additional counseling support to any students who may require or request it at this time.
We are also taking appropriate steps internally regarding personnel matters, guided by Board policy. We understand that this accident may elicit questions from the public and the media about training procedures for our bus drivers. Prior to employment, applicants must pass a driving history check, a background check, and a DOT physical and drug test. Once passed, employees must go through extensive hands-on driver training with our driver trainers. Driver training consists of instructional and safety training, video training, on the road training, and vehicle inspection. School bus drivers are additionally required to be authorized through the Iowa Department of Education. The Iowa DOE requires each driver to pass the School Transportation Operator Program (STOP) course which certifies drivers to drive a school bus. Once initial training is completed, drivers receive continuous education and annual retraining.
Providing safe and reliable transportation to our students is an essential element to the fabric of our school district. We remain committed to the wellbeing of our students, staff, and families during this time.”

UPDATE: The Cedar Rapids Community School District confirm the 15-year-old is a student at Washington High School.

They also say other students were on board the school bus during the time of the accident. However, none of those students were injured.

They were transported to their destination by another school bus.

The district says they have made additional councilors available to Washington High School families as well as others in the area, who may have witnessed the incident on their way to school.


BREAKING: Cedar Rapids police are on scene Thursday morning of an accident involving a 15-year-old and a school bus.

According to Cedar Rapids Public Information Officer Greg Buelow, a 15-year-old male was struck by a school bus at 26th Street and Mount Vernon Rd. SE. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries, and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

This happened around 7:38 a.m.

Police just wrapped up at a scene where a 15 year old was hit by a school bus on Mount Vernon Rd near 26th St. Authorities say he was transported to Mercy Medical Center then taken to UIHC after sustaining serious injuries. KWWL’s Ashley Neighbor has been talking with neighbors and is live from the scene. We'll have updates here:

Posted by KWWL on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Officers are investigating. Stay with KWWL as more information becomes available.