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ONTARIO, Ore. -- It was a scary ride for 11 elementary school children after a bus driver employed by the Ontario School District drove into a ditch Monday evening.

Deputies with the Malheur CountySheriff's Office and officers with the Oregon State Police responded to the bus crash just after 6 p.m. on Peterson Road northwest of Ontario.

Undersheriff Travis Johnson says the bus driver reportedly looked into his mirror to check on the children just before he inadvertently drove off the narrow road.

When he looked back forward, he had drifted just far enough off the road into the shoulder -- but the road doesn't have a good shoulder ... It just pulled him off the road, Johnson said.

Thankfully, the bus came to a stop leaning up against some trees and did not roll.

Officers and school district officials say nobody was seriously injured in the accident.

However, Ontario School District Superintendent Nicole Albisu said one little girl did complain of ankle pain and a boy complained of a bump on the head.

Both students were transported via ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released.

Albisu says another bus owned by the Ontario SchoolDistrict transported four additional children to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Ontario as a precaution.

The remainder of the students were also transported to the hospital by parents as a precaution.

Police don't believe the children were misbehaving before the crash. They also have not charged the bus driver.

The bus was not seriously damaged.

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