KHP report on Douglass school bus accident released

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The official report by the Kansas State Highway Patrol on a bus crash in Butler County is now out.

The bus with 10 Douglass school students on board slid off Hopkins Switch Road into a rain swollen creek.

The report says the bus driver had gone across another bridge earlier and thought the water wasn't too deep. But when he was partly across the bridge in question the report says, " The driver misjudged the edge of the bridge railing and drove the passenger side of the bus off the east side of the bridge."

The fast moving water did the rest. Kansas State Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Warner said, "when the bus hit that it caused it to tip over on it's passenger side, then it fell into creek and came to rest with the flow of the creek".

The driver and three students sustained minor injuries but thanks to heroic rescue efforts by students on the bus and first responders everyone made it out alive.

The driver has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. No word yet from the Butler County District Attorney on whether or not charges will be filed against the driver.


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