Children will be OK after hit by car while boarding school bus

KELSO, Wash. - Two children were taken to a hospital Tuesday morning after they were hit by a car while they were trying to get on a school bus, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says the children are expected to be OK.

The children are 11 and 12 years old. They were hit in the road as they approached the Kelso School District bus to board it just before 7 a.m. The crash happened in the 100 block of Beacon Hill, which is about two miles north of Kelso.

A third child was hit but did not need to go to the hospital.

Sheriff's spokesman Charlie Rosenzweig said it is unclear why the driver of a Honda did not stop when the bus activated its flashing red lights and its stop sign that extends from the bus.

The driver stopped after he hit the children and told police he didn't remember seeing the children or hitting them.

Rosenzweig said the driver is cooperating in the investigation and has consented to have his blood tested.

Deputies say there was no indication that the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The driver was questioned and released, but the investigation is ongoing and police are interviewing several witnesses who saw the car hit the children.