26 treated for injuries after Wichita school bus crashes on Kansas Turnpike

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 10:22 AM CST
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Update: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2020

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 26 people received treatment after a Wichita Public Schools' bus crashed on the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday morning.

The sheriff's office says Lyon County Emergency Communications received a call from Kansas Turnpike Authority at 9:41 a.m. for the accident which was about 15 miles southwest of the Emporia Toll Gate.

Deputies arrived around 9:59 a.m. and EMS personnel was on scene by 10:05 a.m.

Those who were injured were taken to Newman Regional Health for treatment. Those who were hot hurt were taken to Emporia High School, who had gathered a response team of school officials, school counselors, nurses and Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness staff to assist those involved in the crash. They prepared clean clothing and food for everyone when they arrived as well as activities and support.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 17 students were taken to the hospital from the scene. More patients were identified at Emporia High School and then Emporia Fire Department transported those patients to Newman Regional Health for further evaluation and treatment.

"The relationships of the agencies and organizations involved in this situation in the Emporia and Lyon County community came together to assist those involved in this situation. We hope incidents like this never happen, but when it does, it is great to see community partners come together to help those that we serve," said Sgt. Jacob Welsh, a detective with the sheriff's office.


Update: Feb. 12, 2020 - Wednesday afternoon

The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms 17 injuries to fifth-grade students in a crash involving a Wichita school bus south of Emporia on the Kansas Turnpike.

The bus, carrying the students from Wichita's Park Elementary School slid off the road about 15 miles south of Emporia, traveling north on its way to Topeka for a field trip.

The KHP says all of the injuries are minor (non-life-threatening) and students who weren't injured were transported to Emporia High School.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says the bus involved in the crash carried about 40 children and adults.

"Many were transported to Newman Regional Health (in Emporia) for minor injuries. Some were taken to Emporia High School, who graciously cared for the students," the sheriff's office says.


The Kansas Turnpike Authority confirms a crash on the Kansas Turnpike south of Emporia involved a bus carrying fourth-and-fifth-grade students from Park Elementary School in the Wichita school district.

As of 11:30 a.m. the KTA didn't have a total count on injuries, but did say most those hurt have minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

A photo from the

shows the bus tipped onto its side in the right side (east lane) ditch.


Emergency crews are responding to an accident involving a school bus on the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia.

The accident happened Wednesday on I-35 mile marker 112.6 northbound, south of Emporia.

The Emporia Gazette reports the bus was not from the Emporia school district, but the district says it is sending a bus to help transport students "and assist in the situation." The newspaper reports 17 people were injured.

The Kansas Turnpike says the right lane is impacted by the accident. Drivers should expect delays.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene to learn more information. Expect updates on-air and on the KWCH 12 website and app.

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