ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A frightening accident involving a school bus sends young chidlren and adults to the hospital.
It happened around 8:30am Friday on Interstate 55 south at 7th Street.
Authorities tell us a Saturn rear-ended a First Student school bus carrying city students. The Saturn flipped over while the school bus hit the median and wound up on its side.
There were three kids on the bus: two girls and a boy. We’re told they are four, seven and eight years old.
The children were all taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center to be checked out. Authorities say the kids suffered only minor injuries and should all be released by the end of the day.
St. Louis city school officials tell us the kids were on their way to the Dewey Early Childhood Center and the Wilkinson Early Childhood Center.
Besides the three children, there were also two adults on the bus: the driver and monitor.
There was an adult driver in the Saturn.
While all of the kids were taken to Cardinal Glennon, the three adults went to Saint Louis University Hospital.
Like the kids, the adults are said to have suffered only minor injuries.
Deanna Anderson, a transportation official with city schools, says it is her understanding the car which hit the bus was speeding.
She credits the school bus driver with keeping the bus from completely rolling over.
This is the last day of school for students in the city of St. Louis.
Anderson says the children are doing so well they wanted to return to school to finish off the year with their classmates.
Traffic was diverted off the highway as I-55 southbound was shut down. Traffic was backed up for about an hour.