Man suspected of DUI after van rams school bus, State Patrol car on I-5
SEATTLE - A 48-year-old man will be be booked into jail after a van rammed a school bus filled with second-graders and a Washington State Patrol cruiser Friday morning on Interstate 5, the Washington State Patrol reports.
No children on the bus were injured in the incident, but the bus driver is being evaluated by medics.
The man driving the van will be booked for investigation of second-degree assault, DUI and possession of felony drugs, according to Trooper Rick Johnson. The passenger was initially taken into custody, and has since been released.
The bus was from Renton Christian School. The second-graders were on their way to the Pacific Science Center.
State troopers responded to the scene, the northbound lanes of I-5 at Seneca Street, at about 10 a.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle rear-ending a school bus.
When a State Patrol sergeant arrived on scene, the van backed into his patrol car. The sergeant then drew his gun and took the driver of the van into custody.
Meanwhile, a passenger in the van jumped out and fled on foot. He was nabbed soon afterward by Seattle police on the ramp from I-5 to James Street.
A preliminary investigation found that the van had struck the bus several times.
Although none of the children on the bus were hurt, some were shaken up and they were comforted and given "Junior Trooper" stickers. Some adults were on the bus as well.
Backups are forming in the area in the aftermath of the incident.
The school bus was being operated by Durham Bus Services.
This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.