School bus nailed in San Jose hit & run, 4 students with minor injuries

A school bus was involved in a hit and run crash on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Interstate Highway 880 in San Jose Thursday morning, with four minor injuries reported, a fire captain said.

The fire department got a call at 10:37 a.m. regarding a school bus crash on northbound Highway 101 south of Oakland Road, San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

There were about 32 children on the bus, which parked on the right shoulder, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"We have a battalion chief, two engines and the EMS field coordinator on the scene," Matlow said. "They are still in the process of triaging patients, but so far there are only minor injuries."

Officials say the driver was traveling 40 mph and began to slow traffic ahead. Just prior to bringing his vehicle to a complete stop, he felt an impact from behind and he pulled the bus to the right shoulder. 

A driver of a second involved vehicle, a tan Ford Taurus, also pulled onto the right shoulder, behind the school bus. 

According to San Jose CHP,  a student on board the bus used their cell phone to capture a picture of the vehicle, its license plate and a partial photo of the driver who was alone, prior to them leaving the scene without identifying themselves.  

The license plate was identified as a California plate of 8BEJ916, registered for a 2004 Ford out of the city of Santa Clara. 

CHP says the vehicle has moderate front-end damage and the driver was described as an elderly Caucasian female. 

Four students reported minor injuries. Two of them will be taken to a local hospital, Matlow said.

Anyone with any information regarding the hit and run vehicle or it's driver is asked to contact the 
San Jose CHP office at (408)467-5400 and ask to speak with Officer Morasco.