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Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2013 9:20PM

Students, Driver Rescued following School Bus Crash in Butler Co.



     DOUGLASS, Kan.  -  Ten Butler County children and a school bus driver were pulled to safety from a fast-moving creek Thursday after the bus toppled into the water and landed half-submerged on its side.
     The accident happened around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, near 190th Street and SW Hopkins Switch Road, which is just northeast of Douglass.
     Investigators are looking into how the accident happened, but County 911 director Chris Davis said the bus apparently went off a bridge that Douglass School District officials described as a low-water crossing.
     Emergency personnel decided against using boats because of the swift current, instead reaching the bus on lines and putting the children and the driver in life jackets before pulling them to dry ground.
     Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said the children climbed out of the windows of the bus. He said none were injured, and they all stood on top of the bus until they were rescued.
     "They were checked out by Butler County EMS prior to being brought up to the parents," Herzet said. "The driver of the bus had been in the water for quite some time."
     The driver suffered minor injuries and hypothermia. He was also safety extricated and taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
     "I really give all the credit to the kids that were on the bus that took the time to help each other," Herzet said. "The lesson here is not to drive through water."

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10/31/2013 9:26PM
Students, Driver Rescued following School Bush Crash in Butler Co.
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