Gravel truck involved in rear end collision with Lee’s Summit School bus

Posted by GSDispatch Editor in by Phil Kloster

This morning, before 9:30 a.m., a Lee’s Summit R-7 School Bus #109 was rear ended by a gravel truck at 150 Hwy and 17th.

Six students (all 6th graders) and the Bus driver were transported for precautionary reasons, and are reported to be fine.

The Dispatch was able to speak to the bus driver, Brian Morris, who said that he was really shaken and upset. This was his first accident in over 400,000 miles. He has 6 kids at home and this was the last thing he wanted to do today. Other than that, he has been advised not to talk to anybody regarding the accident.

Janice Phelan, Communications Executive Director for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District confirmed that these were 6th grade students from Greenwood Elementary and that they were headed on a field trip to the Jazz Museum. Other sources indicated they were going to the Negro Baseball Museum. Phelan confirms injuries to 6 students and 1 bus driver, but does not know the extent of the injuries. A press release from LSR-7 will be forthcoming.

The Dispatch will provide updates as they are made available.

 

UPDATE FROM LS-R7:

At approximately 9:15 a.m. May 4, a school bus was hit from behind by a truck on M-150 Highway near 20th St. The bus was carrying 44 sixth-graders from Greenwood Elementary who were on their way to the Jazz Museum in Kansas City for a field trip. Others on the bus included nine parents, two teachers and a cadet teacher who were accompanying the students on the field trip.

Police and fire departments were called immediately, and six students were transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital with what were described by authorities as minor injuries. The school bus driver was transported to another hospital, also with minor injuries. The other children in the school bus were checked at the scene by emergency-response officials and returned to the school.

A second bus, also carrying sixth-graders on their way to the field trip, returned to the school. The field trip will be re-scheduled.

 

 

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