Children treated for heat exhaustion after AC breaks down on church bus

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BARNHART, MO (KTVI)-- Several dozen kids on a church trip were overcome by heat Thursday afternoon.

About 50 to 60 kids were headed home to their Imperial Church when their charter bus lost its air conditioning.

People on the bus began to overheat, so the bus stopped at the Walgreens at Highway M and Catlin Road for the students to get medical treatment at a Walgreens clinic.

Paramedics were on the scene helping the Walgreens staff.

One teenager went to the hospital; six others were treated for heat exhaustion.

A cooling station was set up in the parking lot.

Parents picked the children up at the Walgreens.


  • Angela Smith

    Have you been on a bus with 90+temps? Windows open it still reaches over outside temp. I have seen school kids pass out on the school bus on the ride home in high temps with high humidity.

  • bitsi callahan

    It wasn’t a church bus:) It was a chartered coach. the leadership immediately had the bus driver pull over so the 57 people…one adult for every 5 students (jr high/high school)…could get into the air conditioning at the local walgreens…and they began to pass out bottled water…the walgreens manager and staff also began to pass out bottled water and gator-aid…thanks walgreens! all in all…one student went to the hospital for mild dehydration….and is now home…all students and adults were checked out by the local paramedics at the antonia fire house…thanks antonia firefighters! all were released to parents through a check out system eagle point put in place with their camp registration papers and the antonia firefighters/paramedics assistance. the parents were received very well…it was very well organized…and were put at ease upon arrival…this church was immediate in its decision…and put the safety and well-being of their students first. thanks eagle point!

  • Bill Spencer

    Bitsi, you should be a reporter for KTVI. You told that story much better that they did! KTVI likes to leave holes in their stories. It creates “drama”.

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