The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the final report on a Butler County School bus accident that injured several Douglass students and the driver.
Morris Peterson, 63, was driving a school bus for USD 396 Oct. 31. He said he came to a low-water bridge at Muddy Creek while driving south on Hopkins Switch Road. He told troopers he saw water flowing over the bridge, but decided to try and cross it, because he did not think it was dangerous.
The fast-flowing water caused the bus to float, and the right tire went over the bridge, Peterson said in the report.
The report also finds Peterson misjudged the edge of the bridge railing, and drove the passenger side of the bus off the south side of the bridge. The water helped push the bus over onto its side into the water.
The water was approximately three to four feet deep in the school bus as it
was on its side, the report stated.
There were 10 students and the driver on the bus at the time. The children were able to exit the bus through an emergency exit door on the drivers side of the bus. Rescue crews managed pull the driver out of the bus.
Some students received minor injuries. The bus driver was taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment. He has since been released.
The Butler County district attorney's office is reviewing the case.