School bus flips in northeast Missouri, dozens hurt

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. CDT
Emergency response personnel work at the scene of an overturned school bus near the rural northeast Missouri town of Ewing near the Illinois border on Tuesday. Nearly two dozen students were injured who attended Highland Elementary and Highland High schools in the Lewis County C-1 District. Ewing is located about 125 miles northwest of St. Louis.

EWING — More than two dozen students were injured in northeast Missouri on Tuesday when a school bus overturned in a ditch on a rural road near the Illinois border, the state Highway Patrol said.

The Patrol said the bus rolled into a ditch along a two-lane road Tuesday afternoon near Ewing, which is about 125 miles northwest of St. Louis, about 20 miles west of the Mississippi River. No other vehicles were involved.

The Lewis County C-1 School District on Wednesday said that 26 of the 30 students on the bus were injured. Bus driver John W. Logan, 62, was not seriously injured.

Steve Felde, a spokesman at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., said Wednesday that all but six of the injured children were treated and released. Five of the students remained in the hospital and are listed in good condition, though one is in intensive care. The sixth is being treated at St. Louis Children's Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said that patient is in satisfactory condition.

The students attend Highland Elementary and Highland High schools.

Brenda Mallett told the Quincy Herald-Whig that her 10-year-old son Drew, a fourth-grader, suffered a strained neck and a bruise on the back of his head and had to climb out of a broken bus window.

He told his mother, "At least I have my health," she said. Brenda Mallet said that most of the injured children suffered "bumps and bruises."

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