'He left the scene of the accident': Driver faces DUII after crashing into school bus

No students or school staff were aboard the bus at the time of the crash. The Mid Columbia Bus Company said their driver is OK. The bus company said the driver of the other vehicle fled on foot. (Aiden Slaska)

NORTH BEND, Ore. - A driver fled from the scene after hitting a Mid Columbia school bus in North Bend Wednesday morning.

Officer Nathan George, a school resource officer with the North Bend Police Department, said officers have since arrested 56-year-old Jerald M. Souther on suspicion of DUII and driving with a suspended license.

"He was detained because he left the scene of the accident," George said. "During the investigation it was found out that we was possibly driving under the influence of intoxicants, being alcohol."

The crash occurred near North Bay Elementary.

North Bend School district officials said the bus was leaving the school when the crash happened. No students or school employees were on the bus when it happened.

The Mid Columbia Bus Company said their driver is OK.

The bus company said the driver of the other vehicle fled on foot.

Brian Shulberg, Mid Columbia’s regional vice president, said the other driver illegally passed other cars in the oncoming lane before hitting the school bus.

The school bus drive had come to a legal stop on Viking Lane and was turning onto Wildwood Drive, Shulberg said.

Mast Brothers towed the car from the scene.

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