The morning bus ride on the way to Hanna Woods Elementary in Balwin probably started like all the others, but it certainly didn’t end that way. When all was said and done, 13 kids and the adult driver were injured when the bus they were in went down a ravine. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, although they all went to the hospital for treatment.
According to a report on 4 KMOV, the bus was traveling westbound on Interstate 44 around 8 a.m. A car atttempted to pass a semi, and the driver lost control, hitting a wall. It then ricocheted off the wall and into traffic. The bus driver reacted quickly to avoid the car, but unfortunately went off the road and down the ravine. As it went down the hill, one of the children fell out of the back emergency door. The kids on the bus were between the ages of 5 and 12.
4 ambulances arrived at the crash scene to take away the injured. Local citizens had already started a rescue effort, pulling kids out and helping the driver as well, who was stuck. All of the children on the bus were injured in some way, with 13 going to the hospital, along with the driver. The hospital had been prepared to take 19 people. According to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, all of the kids were alert enough to properly tell hospital staff their names and other information. Most of them were discharged later that morning, although some had to spend the night. Even the child who fell out of the bus only suffered some minor sprains, cuts, and bruises. The drive of the car that caused the crash was uninjured.
Michael Nelson witnessed the crash, and says he saw the bus rolling down the hill, and heard the kids screaming. He, along with others rushed over the help. He said that all of the kids and the driver were responsive when he got there, and many had already gotten out of the bus.
According to Missouri Highway Patrol, school buses are designed to be one of the safest vehicles out there. However, when there are children involved, any accident can be scary. “If this would have flipped over it would have been a whole different ball game,” Sgt. Al Nothum said.
Notification of the crash was sent to parents through an automated phone call so that news got to everyone as quickly as possible. School staff were also sent to the hospital to be with the children and to greet the parents as they arrived. The district also sent an email to all parents saying that the children were safe.
Bus accidents can be frightening and having your child get injured as a result of one is even worse. These parents would do well to contact a St. Louis bus accident attorney for a consultation. They will provide guidance for the next steps, and make sure that the rights of you and your child are protected at all times.

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