Hit & Run Driver Rams School Bus

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Omaha Police are trying to sort out details in what appeared to be a series of crashes in the Saddle Creek and Leavenworth area all linked to a single driver. It all happened just after seven o'clock Monday morning.

One of the vehicles hit was a small school bus which had been picking up a couple of students.

One officer on location told Channel 6 News the at-fault driver first ran into a Thunderbird on southbound Saddle Creek Rd., in the left-hand turn lane onto Leavenworth. The Thunderbird caught fire as it was knocked into a Prius in front of it.

Police say the driver of the Thunderbird got out and ran after the Geo, which had caused the crashes. But they say the Geo driver kept going, turning onto eastbound Leavenworth St.

There, he rear-ended a school bus which had stopped at 45th St. to pick up a couple of South High students.

The bus driver tells Channel 6 News there were a couple of Omaha Public Schools students on-board at the time. While shaken up, he said, it appears they'll be okay.

District Spokeswoman, Luann Nelson, confirmed neither student was taken to the hospital.

The driver responsible for the crashes was pinned inside his vehicle for a short time, then taken to Nebraska Medical Center. Police say his injuries did not appear to be serious. They arrested him for hit and run.

A passenger from the Thunderbird at the Saddle Creek Rd. scene was taken to the hospital as well for injuries police described as minor.

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