Police say the 86-year-old woman who crashed into a school bus filled with children Wednesday afternoon in Windham was driving with a suspended license.

None of the schoolchildren was injured, Windham police said, but the driver of the vehicle, Phyllis White of Westbrook, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland as a precaution. She was being seen by doctors in the hospital’s emergency room at 5:30 p.m. and her condition was unavailable.

In a news release, police Sgt. David Bonneau said White was driving north on Pope Road around 3:20 p.m. and trying to cross Windham Center Road when she ran into the Regional School Unit 14 bus, which was going west.

Photos show that White’s car hit the side of the bus, ripping off part of the left side of the bus’s undercarriage.

Bonneau would say only that the cause of the crash remains under investigation, but RSU 14 Superintendent Sanford Prince said in an email to parents that the car driven by White ran a stop sign before hitting the bus.

The school district covers Windham and Raymond. Prince said the bus was carrying 15 students from the middle and high schools. They were transferred to another bus right after the crash, although ultimately most were picked up by their parents.

Bonneau said White’s driver’s license was under suspension. Windham police issued a criminal summons to White at the scene of the crash.

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