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Arizona Department of Public Safety investigates fatal collision involving school bus on State Route 86

Three people die in passenger vehicle, minor injuries for two children on board bus

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 -

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- For Immediate Release -

September 22, 2009

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On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6:13am, Arizona Department of Public Safety officers responded to a head-on collision involving a school bus that was traveling eastbound on State Route 86/Ajo Road west of Tucson, and a black four door passenger car. Investigators on scene believe the passenger vehicle was heading westbound when it for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and collided with the school bus.

The exact cause of this collision is still under investigation. Two males and one female riding in the passenger car were deceased on scene.

They are identified as:

  • Raymond P. Kane 51 Marana, AZ (Driver)
  • Barbara Jean Scott 39 Tucson, AZ (Passenger)
  • Jerry A. Carrasco 30 Tucson, AZ (Passenger)

The school bus which was from the Alter Valley School District, was headed to Flowing Wells High School in Tucson. There were four children and two adults on board at the time of the collision. Two children were transported to the hospital for minor injury evaluation.

State Route 86 was re-opened in both directions at 9:45 a.m.

View video of crash taken by a nearby photo enforcement vehicle is available at

The mission of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, one of the most dynamic state-level law enforcement agencies in the United States, is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, assuring the safety of the motoring public on Arizona’s highways and providing vital scientific, technical and operational support to other criminal justice agencies. The Department, also one of Arizona’s largest law enforcement agencies with some 2,200 sworn and civilian employees, consists of four divisions – Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice Support and Agency Support. The Department is headquartered in Phoenix with offices located in more than 80 communities within Arizona's 15 counties.

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.