Pick-up driver cited in bus crash that injures two
A driver is facing a number of citations Friday after the truck he was driving collided with a school bus at about 8:30 a.m. at Columbus Avenue and Archer Drive as the bus was heading to South Medford High School.
The bus was carrying nine Special Education students, two of them suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Natalie Hurd, the spokesperson for the Medford School District.
Medford Police indicate the black truck was traveling east bound on Archer when the driver failed to yield at the stop sign. The bus was traveling north bound on Columbus and impacted the truck.
Medford Sgt. Kim Budreau said she took a statement from the truck driver Nicholas Maldonado, 29 at the time of the accident.
"He said his shoe was loose and made him accelerate," Budreau said.
Maldonado was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device (stop sign), careless driving and operating without a driver license.
Budreau said drivers need to be extra careful this time of year and be defensive drivers.
"Be really aware when school is in session. Keep your head up," Budreau said.