PASCO — A Pasco man was killed when his speeding red Ford Mustang slammed into the back of a school bus Wednesday on an east Pasco street.
The 3:15 p.m. crash, described by onlookers as "very violent," drew numerous residents and children to the intersection of Elm Avenue and Broadway Street. Debris from the wrecked Mustang was scattered throughout the area -- a tire that sheared off was found about a half block down Broadway from the collision.
One student from Chiawana High School was on the special needs school bus, Pasco school officials said. A driver and an adult aide also reportedly were on the bus. No one was hurt.
The driver of the Mustang died on impact. He was identified as Jeremy Clemmons, 29, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel. Clemmons reportedly had been living at the Union Gospel Mission, Blasdel said.
The Mustang, which was a newer model, was registered to Clemmons.
An autopsy will be done Friday morning to determine if a medical issue led to the crash, Blasdel said.
David Wells, who lives on Elm Avenue one house down from corner of Broadway, said he was inside when he heard the crash.
"It was a great big BOOM," Wells said. "It shoved the bus all the way through the intersection."
Wells said he ran outside and saw a fire had started around the motor of the car. Other neighbors were trying to spray water on the car, but he grabbed a fire extinguisher from a man who didn't appear to know how to use it and put the fire out.
"I didn't want to see nothing blowing up," Wells said.
Pasco police Capt. Ken Roske said preliminary information from witnesses had the Mustang driving north on Elm Avenue when it rear-ended the bus, which was at the four-way stop. The bus appeared to also have been going north on Elm.
The impact apparently shoved the bus into the middle of the intersection.
The driver's side of the Mustang went under the bus before the car rebounded and ended up partially on a sidewalk and into a yard.
Mary Howard, who lives two blocks away, said her son, who has autism and attends Chiawana High, was dropped off at home just before the wreck.
"I know the car was speeding," Howard said. "I could hear it, and I heard the crash."
After helping put the fire out, Wells said he checked on the two adults and one student on the bus and found they were OK.
"They were shook up, but they weren't hurt," Wells said.
Pasco police, fire and school officials responded, along with the Washington State Patrol's commercial vehicle inspector.
The bus driver was sent to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco for evaluation, which is standard procedure with an accident, said Leslee Caul, school district spokeswoman.
Officers cordoned off a block or half block in each direction around the collision to take measurements and collect evidence. The Mustang was removed around 5 p.m. and taken to an impound lot, where Clemmons' body was removed.