A 17-year-old Diamond, Washington, boy was extricated from a vehicle and airlifted to a Spokane hospital after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed head-on into a school bus Wednesday near Endicott.
Whitman County Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency crews from the Colfax, Endicott and Lacrosse fire departments responded to the collision on Endicott Road, 1 mile east of Endicott, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.
Emergency crews spent about 30 minutes extricating the teen driver, who sustained injuries to his arm and was taken by air to a Spokane hospital, deputies said.
The driver of the Endicott school bus had just started her route and had no children or passengers on the bus at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said. She was uninjured.
The initial investigation indicated the teen driver fell asleep and drifted into the oncoming lane, deputies said.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox
Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.