Four hurt in car-bus accident

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2003

WASILLA (AP) Four people including two school children were injured Tuesday afternoon after a car struck a bus.

Alaska State Troopers said a 1978 Mercury Cougar driven by David Nelson, 37, Wasilla, struck a First Student school bus that was westbound on Knik Goose Bay Road.

Nelson also was traveling west. The car struck the left side of the bus, which was carrying 33 students from Goose Bay Elementary School, as the bus attempted a left turn onto Outrigger Road.

Troopers said it appeared the car had been traveling at a high rate of speed.

Two students with minor injuries were transported to Valley Hospital and released to their parents. The other students were checked at the scene by medics and transported home by another bus.

Nelson and passenger Karen Eaken, 35, Wasilla, were not wearing seat belts and were transported to Valley Hospital with injuries.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $2,000. The Mercury was demolished.

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