Friday, Mar. 08, 2013
Bus driver transported to hospital after accident
By Bethany Bashioum
A bus carrying approximately 30 Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School students was involved in an accident March 4 in Raymore.
The accident occurred on Highway 58 near Ward Road, just east of the school, as bus No. 46, operated by Apple Bus, slid into the ditch.
As a result of the accident, the bus was leaning into the snowbank, which prevented it from completely turning onto its side. Because the bus was rested against the snow, students had to be extricated through windows.
According to Raymore Police Capt. Jim Wilson, a truck was traveling on Ward Road turned onto Highway 58 to head east. The truck reportedly was driving down the center of the two lane road, coming toward the bus. The bus driver swerved slightly to avoid hitting the vehicle, and a tire went off roadway which caused the bus to be pulled into the ditch.
School district officials the police orginially reported that no students were injured in the accident, however it was later confirmed that one student received a concussion. The bus driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, but returned to work Tuesday.
Another bus was dispatched to the scene to take students home.
Bus company officials reviewed the video from the bus to attempt to identify the license plate of the other vehicle, and later praised the behavior of the students during the incident. They noted that during the accident, the student were well-behaved and handled the difficult situation well.