Oregon school bus driver killed in head-on collision

Posted on May 21, 2015

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — On Tuesday morning, a school bus driver was killed when her bus collided with a semi-truck, Mail-Tribune reports.

Terilyn Morgan, a bus driver for First Student, died in the crash. Police told the newspaper that there were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.

The one passenger aboard the bus and the semi-truck driver were both hospitalized, according to Grants Pass Daily Courier. The passenger, Gary Randolph, is in critical condition and the truck driver, Mark Minegar, remains in serious condition, a medical center spokeswoman told Grants Pass Daily Courier.

Jen Biddinger, a spokeswoman for First Student, told Grants Pass Daily Courier that Morgan had worked for the company since 2010, serving Rogue River School District 35.

The cause of the collision is not yet known, according to the Mail-Tribune.

In a statement on the Rogue River School District website, Superintendent Paul Young said that the school bus driver was a parent in the school district.

“We immediately provided support and counseling services to the children of the parent, as we would with any family,” Young said. “On behalf of the students, staff, community and school board, our hearts grieve for the family's loss.”

Related Topics: fatalities, Oregon, school bus crash

Comments ( 5 )
  • Kathy Roadlander

     | about 4 years ago

    Our condolences go to the family both personal and work related in this loss. As a team, we come to express our grief together. Know that the great stories and laughs you will have will keep the memory of your friend, relative and bus driver alive. It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and when added with sadness we tend to believe we are being disrespectful. I believe the opposite, if i express my celebration of life for the member that has passed, I embrace the knowledge that they have a better life now and will always reside in my heart. May God Bless and Keep you all safe in your times of need.

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