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Pickup truck slams into school bus near Polson

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The bus was moved about 20 feet by the impact, and Trooper Rosenbaum says the truck did not brake before hitting the bus. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tiffany Depoe) The bus was moved about 20 feet by the impact, and Trooper Rosenbaum says the truck did not brake before hitting the bus. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tiffany Depoe)
MISSOULA -

Drunk driving is suspected after a speeding pickup truck slammed into a stopped school bus near Polson.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper said "it's a miracle" there were no serious injuries in the Monday afternoon crash.

It's estimated that the driver was going 78 mph when the pickup truck hit the bus, which had its red lights flashing.

The crash happened three miles east of Polson on Montana Highway 35, where the speed limit is 35 mph.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Terrance Rosenbaum said that 10 or 11 children were on the bus, with all but one being elementary school students.

Rosenbaum said three students were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, including a young girl who was getting off the bus at the time of the crash.

Other children were taken in private vehicles to the hospital get checked, and all have since been released.

The bus was moved about 20 feet by the impact, and Rosenbaum said the truck did not brake before hitting the bus.

The 19-year-old pickup driver from Bigfork suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Lake County Detention Center. 

He faces possible felony charges, including criminal endangerment.

Rosenbaum said just before the crash a similar pickup was reported driving erratically near Mission and almost hit a school bus there.

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