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"Significant amount of force": Crews, superintendent respond to Sahuarita bus crash

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"Significant amount of force": Crews, superintendent respond to Sahuarita bus crash

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -A massive afternoon accident involving a packed school bus slows down traffic in Sahuarita. 
Crews with the Rural/Metro Fire Department say the crash happened just before 3:00 p.m. Monday at the intersection of La Canada and El Toro Road. 
Three vehicles were involved in the crash; a landscape trailer, a small convertible and a packed school bus. Twenty-eight children were on board the bus at the time of the crash. Emergency crews on scene say five of those children had minor bumps and bruises, but did not need to be taken to the hospital. 
Nine On Your Side spoke with Sahuarita Unified School District No. 30 Superintendent Dr. Manuel Valenzuela who responded to the scene. Valenzuela says parents were notified of the accident via an emergency alert system.
"While all this was going on, we utilized our new customized communication system which allowed us to send an instant text or voice message depending on preference to all the parents specifically associated with the children that were on this bus, so that they knew what was going on [and] they knew the initial assessments," Valenzuela said. 
According to Rural/Metro Fire Capt. Grant Cesarek, the only person who was transported to the hospital was the driver of the small convertible. Firefighters had to extricate her from the car and she was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 
"It was a pretty significant amount of force that struck the bus, but the kids were very lucky. So, the main takeaway of all of this is the main occupants of the vehicles are not injured severely," Cesarek said. 
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash. 
Taylor Higgins