Driver pulled from school bus after collision with crane

Driver pulled from school bus after collision with crane
Fire crews work at the scene of the crash Thursday morning. (Photo by Hillsboro Fire Department)

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Fire crews had to rescue a driver stuck inside a school bus after the bus collided with the boom portion of a large construction crane in Hillsboro Thursday morning.

No children were on the Hillsboro School bus when the crash took place at the intersection of NE Evergreen Parkway and NW Glencoe Road, firefighters said.

Firefighters arrived to find the bus tilted at about a 30 degree angle and the crane's boom stuck in the bus. Because of the angle, the front door of the bus was stuck closed.

Bystanders had gotten onto the bus through an emergency exit and were helping the driver, according to Storm Smith with the Hillsboro Fire Department.

Firefighters put two jacks in place to stabilize the bus then spent about 20 minutes trying to get the driver out of the bus, Smith said.

As of Thursday evening, the driver was still being treated in the intensive care unit at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The cause of the crash has not been released. The crash took place at about 8:35 a.m.

The bus driver was returning to the bus barn after dropping students off at Liberty High School.

Evergreen Parkway was closed for about two hours.