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Police: GHS student crashes into school bus

— A 17-year-old Guilderland high school student allegedly crashed her car into a district school bus after failing to yield the right of way, according to police.

Guilderland police said the crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the corner of routes 158 and 146 in Guilderland Center. Capt. Curtis Cox said the crash appears to have occurred because the student driver made a left turn at the stop sign and did not yield to the school bus. Cox said the school bus driver attempted to avoid the collision but T-boned the car and forced the vehicle off the opposite side of the road.

The school bus, which was not full-sized, sustained front-end damage, but the student’s car sustained “extensive damage” to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The Jaws of Life was used to extricate the student from her car and an ambulance transported her to Albany Medical Center. Police said she appeared to have sustained some hip or pelvic injury.

The passengers on the school bus included a middle school student and a bus attendant. Both passengers, along with the bus driver, were examined by emergency responders on the scene and released, police said.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and no charges were immediately filed.

The Altamont Police Department, Guilderland paramedics and the Altamont rescue squad assisted the Guilderland Police Department. The Guilderland Center and Altamont fire departments assisted in extricating the car driver.

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