Sep 13, 2022

Driver, 2 children hospitalized after school bus overturns

Posted Sep 13, 2022 9:30 AM
Photo Clay, County Missouri Sheriff
Photo Clay, County Missouri Sheriff

CLAY COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a school bus crash near Smithville that sent three people including two students to the hospital.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, deputies were dispatched to Mt. Olivet Road between Jami Drive and NE 120th Street on after school bus overturned, blocking Mt. Olivet in both directions, according to the Clay County Sheriff's office.

There were approximately 30 Smithville elementary school students and a driver on board. EMS transported two children and the driver to a nearby hospital with injuries that appeared to be minor, according to the Sheriff's office.

They were released from the hospital later the same day. Their families were notified. Parents of all the other children on the bus were contacted, and the students were released to their families.

A preliminary investigation has determined no other vehicles were involved. The bus belongs to DS Bus Lines, which is the transportation provider for the Smithville School District.

In a statement from DS Bus Lines, the company said, "The DS Bus Safety Team was dispatched immediately to the scene of the accident, and is cooperating fully with the local authorities and school district in their investigations. The DS Bus Safety Team will also complete its own internal investigation, with the goal of preventing additional incidents like this in the future.  Two students and the bus driver were transported to a local hospital with what are reported to be minor injuries. The leadership team at DS Bus sends its well-wishes for a swift recovery to those injured in this unfortunate accident."

Mt. Olivet Road was shut down for about three hours while students were evacuated and reunited with families and the crash was investigated.