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School bus crashes into ravine on I-44 near Lindbergh; many children injured

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A school bus hit a guardrail and went into a ravine east of the Lindbergh exit on westbound I-44 at around 8am Thursday. There were at least 7-8 ambulances called to the scene at the time of the crash. First responders called this a mass casualty accident, meaning many children were injured.

The bus was traveling from the city of St. Louis to Hanna Woods elementary in Manchester.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says that a white truck and a red car got into an accident ahead of the bus on westbound I-44.  The bus hit the median of the highway and then turned to crash into the guardrail.  The bus then went off of the highway and into  the woods.

There were 13 children on board the bus at the time of the accident.  Many of the children have minor scrapes.  One of the children has moderate injuries.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says one child was ejected through an emergency door when the vehicle went down the embankment.   The bus driver was pinned in the bus at the time of the accident.

Kirkwood Chief Jim Silvernail says that twelve of the children were at the side of the highway when they arrived on the scene. Drivers on I-44 helped get the kids to the guardrail before first responders got to the accident.

Firefighters say many of the kids had cuts, scrapes and bruises. They say that one of the children had a moderate, but not life threatening injury. The bus driver was trapped on the bus when firefighters arrived on the scene.  The bus driver was rescued, and the children are off of the bus.

There are 15 children being treated at Children's Hospital. Their ages are between 8-13 years old.  A representative from St. Louis Children's Hospital says the are all in good condition. This includes the child ejected from the bus. The children are with their families at the hospital.  They expect to discharge eight of the children Thursday morning.

Latosha Ross tells FOX 2 that she heard children screaming and saw many injured kids after the accident. She was one of the first people on the scene to help with the rescue effort.  One of the children came up to her and said he wanted to go to sleep.  The child did not know his ear was partially severed.

Firefighters and police are in the woods near the crash scene with chainsaws.  The cleared brush around the bus to rescue people on the bus.  The bus is still stuck in the woods.

The Director of Communications for the Parkway School District, Paul Tandy, says a team of people is personally contacting the parents of injured students.

The drivers of the white truck and the red car involved in the initial accident were not injured.  It is unclear if there were more children in these vehicles involved in this crash.  There are more children at the hospital than were on the bus.

 

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Parkway School District statement:

We are happy to report that all Hanna Woods students and the driver involved in a bus accident this morning are safe.

Thirteen students were transported to Children’s Hospital following the accident. The medical team is reporting that all students are stable with only minor injuries. The students have been reunited with their families and many have already been released from the hospital.

The driver of the bus was transported to another area hospital and also appears to be stable at this time.

We are grateful for all of the thoughts and prayers for our Parkway family this morning.

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Update: 15 children between eight and 13-years-old are being treated at Children’s Hospital. Counselors are available

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13 students and the bus driver were taken to St. Anthony’s, Children’s and St. Clare hospitals for treatment.

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No one else was injured. 

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The man in the red vehicle may have been driving “somewhat erratic.” ~Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum 

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The bus driver is listed in moderate condition. 

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“Everybody is going to be okay.” ~Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum 

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A red vehicle travelling WB on I-44 lost control and hit the median wall and spun out. The school bus driver tried to avoid the collision and hit the guard rail before sliding down the embankment. A white pick-up truck was also involved. ~Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum 

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First responders from Kirkwood and Crestwood are on the scene. 

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Once the bus came to a stop down the hill, the children escaped. 

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They appeared okay with a few scrapes and bruises. 

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Some of the children were able to make it out on their own. 

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Kirkwood Fire Chief Jim Silvernail says one child was slightly elevated in status. 

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The district is not using the automated system to contact those families. They’ve been contacted directly. 

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According to Paul Tandy, Director of Communications for the Parkway School District, the driver was injured. They’re contacting all of the parents. 13 students were on board and have been taken to area hospitals. 

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Everyone on the bus has been taken to the hospital

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School bus crashes into ravine on Interstate 44 near Lindbergh; 12 students were on board to Hanna Woods Elementary School in Ballwin

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Bus was en route to Hanna Woods Elementary School in Ballwin

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