Update: Driver trapped under bus

Woman conscious, hospitalized after incident on Highway 35

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Responders from multiple agencies were on scene in just a few minutes Tuesday afternoon when the call went out that a bus driver was trapped under her vehicle on Highway 35.

Update from Oregon State Police: The Hood River County School District bus driver rescued Tuesday afternoon after the bus slid and trapped her while she was outside of it on the side of Highway 35 near the Odell Junction is in fair condition at a Portland area hospital. The injured driver’s name is released in this update. Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriffs Office are continuing the investigation On January 17, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Hood River County School District bus driver MERIDITH A. COLE, age 38, was transporting four students northbound on Highway 35 when she pulled the bus onto the shoulder near milepost 94 to inspect a possible broken tire chain. While outside the bus, it slid sideways trapping her face down in the snow underneath the door. Hood River County Sheriffs Office, Odell Fire Department and OSP troopers responded to the scene. With the assistance of a Hood River Towing tow truck traveling through the area on another call, emergency personnel raised the bus off COLE and removed her. She was trapped for about 50 minutes. COLE was initially transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is in fair condition this morning. According to Hood River County School District, the children were picked up from the scene and taken to Mid Valley Elementary where their parents were contacted. They were not injured.

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office are on scene investigating an incident involving a Hood River County School District bus that either rolled or slid onto and trapped the bus driver while outside inspecting the bus. The incident occurred along Highway 35 near the Odell Junction. The bus driver has been transported to an area hospital with injuries believed to be not life threatening.

Preliminary information indicates on January 17, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m. a school district bus driver transporting four students was northbound on Highway 35 when the female driver pulled the bus onto the shoulder near milepost 94 to inspect a possible broken tire chain. While outside of the bus, it either rolled or slid onto the driver trapping her.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Odell Fire Department and OSP troopers responded to the scene. With the assistance of a Hood River Towing tow truck that was traveling through the area on another call, the tow truck lifted the bus off the trapped driver. Investigators estimate she was trapped under the bus for approximately 50 minutes.

The bus driver was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for treatment. Her name may be released tomorrow.

No other information to be released at this time pending the ongoing investigation.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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