School bus accident in Pleasant Hills sends 4 to the hospital |

School bus accident in Pleasant Hills sends 4 to the hospital

James Knox | Trib Total Media
Emergency responders remove the door of an SUV at the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 300 block of Clairton Boulevard in Pleasant Hills on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

Four people escaped serious injury when a First Student school bus carrying two special needs students and two adults collided with a Kia sport utility vehicle around 8:10 Friday morning along the 300 block of Clairton Boulevard in Pleasant Hills.

Pleasant Hills police Deputy Chief Sean Greene said the youngsters, an adult bus monitor and the driver of the SUV were taken to Jefferson Hospital by Baldwin EMS crews.

Greene said the driver of the First Student bus was not injured. The SUV’s doors had to be cut open and the driver pried from the vehicle.

“The two students were sent to the hospital for precautionary observation,” East Allegheny School Superintendent Roger A. D’Emidio said.

The students live in his district.

D’Emidio referred inquiries to First Student.

A spokeswoman at First Student corporate headquarters in Cincinnati confirmed that the bus was headed out of the company’s Wall garage, and the school bus monitor’s injuries were minor.

A family member said late Friday the driver of the SUV, was treated for minor injuries and released from UPMC Mercy.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit spokeswoman Sarah McCluan said the youngsters were headed for AIU’s Pathfinder School in Bethel Park.

“We were informed that both students were transported to the Jefferson Hospital and we have been informed that the students were treated and released,” McCluan said.

No names were released by any authorities. McCluan said she could not give out any specific identifying information.

Traffic was tied up in the area of the crash for about one hour.

Staff Writer Bobby Kerlik contributed to this story. Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or [email protected].

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