The Anchorage Police Department reports no injuries after an SUV rear-ended a school bus carrying more than two dozen students in Eagle River and burst into flames Tuesday.
APD spokesperson Dani Myren says the crash, reported just after 2:20 p.m. in the vicinity of the Briggs Bridge, initially appeared to involve a Chrysler PT Cruiser, but the vehicle was later identified as a Toyota RAV4.
Responding officers found the bus, which had 27 students on board, as well as the burning vehicle. Myren didn’t have immediate information on how many people were in the RAV4.
“Ultimately they ended up hooking the vehicle -- its passenger side burned up, and they ended up hauling it away,” Myren said. “(An officer at the scene) estimates that the vehicles were 100 feet apart when the SUV caught on fire.”
Myren says the Anchorage Fire Department was called to extinguish the RAV4, with a second school bus called to pick up the students from the bus.
Anchorage School District spokesperson Heidi Embley says the students on the bus were from Eagle River High School. Neither she nor Myren had any word of whether the school bus had its lights on and stop sign deployed at the time at the time of the collision.
“They got home shortly thereafter,” Embley said.
Editor's note: APD has revised the count of students on board the bus from 28 to 27.
Channel 2's Shannon Riddle contributed information to this story.