School bus hits car from behind

SALEM, Ore. - A driver who slowed down behind a school bus got rear-ended by another school bus Wednesday morning.

Neither driver and none of the 48 children on board the second bus were injured, although the kids were late to class at Lamb Elementary School.

The sheriff's office responded to the crash just after 8:30 a.m.

Sr. Deputy Skip Lumley found a Salem-Keizer School District bus on Cordon Road in Salem with front-end damage and a 2004 Honda sedan with rear-end damage. Skid marks, debris and broken glass littered the roadway around the crash scene.

Lumley's initial investigation found that the driver of the Honda, Randy Najera, 33, of Salem had slowed behind a school bus that was turning left off Cordon Road. As the bus turned and Najera started to drive on, a second bus hit his car from behind.

The driver of that bus, 25-year-old Stephen Armenta, told the deputy he noticed the Honda slowed in front of him but wasn't able to stop before hitting it. Skid marks at the scene suggest Armenta hit the brakes before impact, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's investigation is not complete at this time. No citations have been issued.

Salem-Keizer School officials responded to the scene to conduct their own inquiry into the crash.