Woman killed when car slams into back of Shelton school bus

A 39-year-old Lacey woman was killed when the car she was riding in slammed into the back of a Shelton School District bus around 6:30 this morning, south of Shelton, reports The Seattle PI.com.

According to the report, a car driven by a 32-year-old Olympia man was driving an SUV at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour when it rear-ended the school bus that had slowed to turn onto Highway 101.

Luckily there were no children on the school bus at the time of the school bus accident. The school bus driver complained of a sore neck and back after the accident which may be symptoms of a whiplash injury.

Witnesses told police they saw the SUV speeding and weaving prior to the accident and the SUV may have not even braked when it hit the bus.

Washington State Troopers are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. If this is the case, the driver may be charged with Vehicular Homicide. Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.520 states that a driver may be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person is killed in a motor vehicle and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

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