Drivers Ticketed After Hitting School Buses - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Drivers Ticketed After Hitting School Buses

OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: A pair of Spokane County drivers received "Speed Too Fast for Conditions" infractions Tuesday after they slid into school buses within minutes of each other.

At 7:58 a.m. 16-year-old Holdlen Guthrie was westbound behind a Central Valley School District bus when it began slowing to pick up a student on Fourth east of Sullivan Road. 

Unable to stop on the slippery roadway Guthrie's Subaru Outback slid into the rear of the bus.  Neither he nor the three students on board the bus were injured.

Then at 8 a.m., a Cheney School District bus was stopped for a stop sign at Aero and Westbow Roads in the West Plains when it was struck from behind.

Eighteen-year-old David J. Leong told Deputy Mark Smoldt that he had just removed his snow tires thinking winter was about over.  He was unable to stop on Tuesday's compact snow and hit the right rear tire of the bus with his 1993 Toyota Camry.

Neither Leong nor the students aboard the bus were injured.  Although there was no apparent damage to the bus, the students were transferred to a second bus per school policy.

Because the speed violations resulted in crashes both drivers received $175 infractions.

Snow falling on roadways in temperatures at or near the freezing mark quickly compacts into an icy surface that can test the skill of even the most experienced motorists. Drivers are encouraged to lower their vehicle's speed and to increase the distance between their vehicle and the one they are following.

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