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School bus driver cited as result of rollover accident

A Sunnyside School District bus driver is off duty for the time being until the district can complete a disciplinary process.

Alyssa Boogerd was cited by Yakima County Sheriff's deputies on Monday, May 9, for failing to stop/yield at a stop sign, which resulted in an accident.

Deputies say Boogerd was driving south on Midvale Road and didn't notice the intersection at Green Valley Road coming up. She also failed to notice a stop sign.

According to the sheriff's narrative report, Boogerd continued through the intersection without stopping or slowing down and was struck by a vehicle driven by Jose Flores Hernandez.

The collision caused the bus Boogerd was driving to collide with a power pole, which spun the bus and caused it to land on its side.

Hernandez, who was driving a 1991 Honda Accord, said he didn't see the bus until he hit it. Hernandez and two other passengers in his vehicle were taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital for treatment.

Curtis Campbell, communications and safety coordinator for the Sunnyside School District, said Boogerd was the only person on the bus. Tests for drugs and alcohol came back negative. Boogerd is currently not on duty pending a disciplinary process, which will be conducted by the transportation director and the executive director of finance and operations.

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