Slick driving conditions may have contributed to the head-on collision Thursday morning between a pickup truck and a school bus empty of children north of Pasco, law enforcement officials said.
Icy weather also caused other crashes throughout the Mid-Columbia. Several school districts either ran on delayed schedules or closed because of driving conditions.
Both drivers were injured in the crash north of Pasco and were taken to a Tri-City hospital. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
Hilario Ramirez-Elias, 41, was driving northbound in a Chevrolet Silverado when a witness saw him lose control of the vehicle after hitting a patch of ice, deputy George Rapp said. That sent the truck into the southbound lane, where it collided with Pasco School Bus #128.
Ramirez-Elias broke his legs in the crash, Rapp said. Officials declined to release the bus driver’s name, but she was seen wearing a neck brace and laying on a backboard as she was put into an ambulance.
School district officials also were at the crash scene, a release from the district said, and are conducting their own investigation.
More freezing rain fell in the region through late Thursday night and weather officials warned area residents roads and sidewalks would become hazardous.
Snow is possible Friday morning with a more than 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Ty Beaver: 509-582-1402; tbeaver@