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Redmond woman hit by bus in fair condition

By Wanda Moore
Published On: Apr 24 2014 08:03:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2014 06:33:20 PM CDT
Head Start bus crash car witnesses

Wanda Moore/KTVZ.COM; Redmond Police Dept.

Redmond police said they are looking for a white passenger car with possible witnesses to a Head Start bus crash that sent a 23-year-old woman to the hospital late Thursday afternoon

REDMOND, Ore. -

A 23-year-old Redmond woman was in fair condition Friday at St. Charles Bend, one day after she was struck and seriously injured by a NeighborImpact Head Start bus near the Redmond Library.

The collision occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday in front of the library at 827 SW Deschutes Ave. 

Police arrived and found the woman partially pinned under the right front tire of the bus, said Lt. Keith Knight. Redmond Fire and Rescue medics arrived a short time later and were able to remove her from under the tire, taking her to St. Charles Bend for treatment.

Knight said the woman suffered several broken bones and cuts and was placed in the care of the trauma unit. Her name was not released, as she is developmentally disabled, he added. A nursing supervisor said the woman was in fair condition Friday.

Police earlier said the woman was conscious and talking with them before she was taken to the hospital.

An investigation found the woman had been seen in the grassy area in front of the library, Knight said. As she left the area, she crossed between two parked transit buses. The Head Start school bus, heading west on Deschutes Avenue, "was unable to avoid the accident," the lieutenant said.

The bus was carrying children in the Head Start program, but there were no other injuries, said NeighborImpact Communications Director Jason Carr.

As the investigation proceeds, Knight said officers would like to talk to possible witnesses in a white car that left the area before police could talk to the occupants.

Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the crash, was asked to contact Redmond police at (541) 504-3400 or the Deschutes County dispatch non-emergency number, (541) 693-6911. Refer to Case No. 14-99353.

The 62-year-old Redmond woman who was driving the bus has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, Carr said.

Parents of the children who were riding the bus were contacted immediately to pick up their children. A mental health counselor will be made available Friday for the children, parents and staff, said NeighborImpact Executive Director Scott Cooper.

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