Tuba City Junior High van accident update

To the editor:

On Jan. 10 our Tuba City Junior High School wrestling team was involved in an accident when the school van they were traveling in was hit by a vehicle at a high rate of speed, crossed the center line and hit the school bus van in the van's lane of travel.

This accident occurred just outside of Tuba City, during the late evening hours as the school bus was returning home from a wrestling match. The accident was serious enough that the students and coaches traveling in the school van required medical attention.

The district has been informed by the Navajo Police who were at the scene when the accident occurred that the driver of the vehicle was cited for DUI. The driver of the school van was not cited for any improper driving.

Please be assured that school personnel was at the scene immediatley after the event and remained attentive to the students throughout the evening at the emergency room and over the weekend. Please be further assured that school personnel will continue to monitor the well being and safety of our students throughout this ordeal.

If anyone has a concern or question, please contact the principal or me directly. We will make counselors available to your child to discuss this traumatic event. If your child experiences any discomfort please seek immediate medical attention and please let either the principal or me know.

Respectfully,

Harold G. Begay

Superintendent, Tuba city Unified School District

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