(Fox 10) A school bus driver has died after crashing into a backyard near I-17 and Dove Valley Road with a 14-year-old student and an aid on board.
Phoenix fire Capt. Troy Caskey says a homeowner called 911 when they heard the school bus crash into their backyard on Wednesday morning.
When firefighters arrived, Caskey says the bus driver, 56-year-old Lawrence Joseph Plante, wasn't breathing. The homeowner attempted CPR while they waited for firefighters.
Plante was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition. Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says he has been declared dead.
Although original reports stated no students were on board, Thompson says a 14-year-old student and an aide were on the bus at the time of the crash.
Plante reportedly made a U-turn before crossing the median. We're told the 14-year-old tried to grab the steering wheel and steady the bus, but it ended up crashing into a backyard.
Thompson says they are looking into the possibility that Plante had a medical emergency.
The school bus belongs to the Deer Valley School District.