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Pickup driver dies in crash with TUSD bus

A school bus wreck shut down Valencia Road between Camino de la Tierra and Caballo Road Wednesday.
Posted at 7:58 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 21:27:22-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A pickup truck driver has died after crashing with a TUSD school bus Wednesday morning.

It happened on Valencia between Camino de la Tierra and Caballo road.

PCSD said a sedan was traveling along Valencia when it swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid rear ending a stopped car.

The sedan hit the bus. The bus then crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, no children were on the bus.

According to Drexel Heights Fire, Lifenet was requested to transport injured patients to the hospital. The bus driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, a TUSD spokeswoman said.

"We confirm that the driver was not injured and stayed at the scene along with TUSD safety officers to cooperate with Pima Sheriff while they investigate," a TUSD spokeswoman said in a statement. "No routes will be affected."

The driver of the truck, 34-year-old Ronnie Estrella, died.

PCSD said speed and impairment were not factors in the crash.

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