Driver to blame in WA school bus crash

A driver who crashed a school bus carrying a high school soccer team earlier this week near Winlock, Wash., has been cited. April 9, 2013. (Washington State Patrol)
A driver who crashed a school bus carrying a high school soccer team earlier this week near Winlock, Wash., has been cited. April 9, 2013. (Washington State Patrol)

A driver who crashed a school bus carrying a high school soccer team earlier this week near Winlock, Wash., has been cited.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) reports that 53-year-old Ronnie Winthrow received a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign.

The crash occurred just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to WSP Trooper William Finn. The bus was returning from a soccer game and was carrying about 40 people, mostly male students who were part of the combined soccer team for Toledo and Winlock high schools.

The bus was leaving northbound Interstate-5 at Exit 63 when it drove through a stop sign, crossed State Route 505, went off the roadway and down a 50-feet down a ravine. The bus did not roll, and no one was seriously hurt.

Winthrow told troopers that the brakes failed. However, WSP investigators inspected the bus and found that it had no mechanical failures or defects, Finn said.

Investigators determined that the crash was caused by inattention, and Winthrow was cited.

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