LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two buses from the Wentzville School District were involved in a crash with a third vehicle Tuesday afternoon in Lake St. Louis.
The crash happened at Holloway Drive and Lake St. Louis Boulevard.
There were dozens of kids on the two Wentzville school buses. One ended up in a ditch. The other bus sustained very minor damage and no one on board was hurt.
Police said it all began when a sedan may have drifted into oncoming traffic.
“We believe the vehicle may have swerved a little bit over the centerline. The first bus tried to avoid (the car), overcorrected, and subsequently went off the road,” Lake St. Louis Police Chief Chris DiGiuseppi said. “The vehicle did strike the bus head-on.”
Gloria Metzger heard a loud boom and then ran to help crash victims.
“A lot of children were crying,” she said. “One had blood coming from his face up by his eye.”
Metzker, her daughter, and other neighbors went to rescue the elementary school children from the crashed buses.
“The fact we had folks come from their homes just to check on kids really doesn’t surprise me,” said Dr. Curtis Cain, superintendent of the Wentzville School District. “That speaks to who we are as a district.”
Photos from the scene showed parents helping the youngsters.
“Just started hugging all of them, asking if they were hurt,” said Haley Nair. “It was scary. It took a whole lot to hold back the tears.”
The St. Charles County Ambulance District immediately dispatched five ambulances and a mass casualty unit, which can hold 24 patients. Students who were not hurt took refuge on the bus to keep warm.
“We had a process over there where we had a representative from the ambulance district and the school district and we got those kids out to their parents,” said Battalion Chief Scott Mueller, St. Charles County Ambulance District.
Three children were transported to local hospitals. Initial reports from the scene indicated more children and an adult had been injured; fortunately, that was not the case.
As of Oct. 21, two of the children have been released from the hospital. The third student remains hospitalized due to an injury to their arm.
“I’m so shook up. I want to go home and hug my own kids,” Metzger said.
The young students just began going to school five full days a week on Monday.
The crash is still under investigation.