Students, driver are OK after downed power lines block bus

January 15, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 9:25 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010

Downed power lines blocked an Issaquah School District bus carrying students to Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus earlier this morning.

Puget Sound Energy officials assessed the situation and allowed the bus to leave the area, in the 19000 block of Southeast 24th Street near Pine Lake Middle School, at 8:25 a.m. The students and the driver remained inside the bus for safety.

While driving to Pacific Cascade, the bus driver encountered windy conditions and a fallen tree. The tree had caused several power lines to come down on the roadway, Sara Niegowski, district communications director, wrote in an e-mail.

The bus driver stopped the bus and called district officials. King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Puget Sound Energy workers responded to the scene, Niegowski wrote.

There were only a few students on the bus and their parents were notified, she wrote.

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