Meridian Star

October 24, 2013

2 children, 1 man injured in school bus wreck

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston

blivingston@themeridianstar.com

    Two elementary school children and the adult driver of a truck were taken to emergency rooms at Meridian hospitals Wednesday afternoon after a truck and a school bus collided on Highway 39 North.

    According to officials at the scene, none of the injuries were deemed life threatening.

    At about 3:15 p.m., a school bus carrying Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School children that was pulling out of John C. Stennis Drive onto Highway 39 North collided with a Chevrolet Silverado traveling south. The impact pushed the front end of the truck underneath the bus, which was pushed across the highway and clipped a stop sign before coming to rest nose first in a ditch.

    Parents of the children rushed to the scene to check on their children, some of whom were being treated by paramedics from nearby NAS Meridian. Fire department units from NAS Meridian also responded to the scene, as did Lauderdale County Emergency Management personnel, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officers, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop H troopers.

    Northeast Volunteer Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene to assist, as did personnel from Metro Ambulance and the Lauderdale County Fire Service.

    Traffic was restricted to one lane as emergency personnel assessed and processed the scene. Mothers and fathers arrived to check on the condition of their children, most of whom were shaken up but otherwise cleared by medical personnel to go home with their parents.

    Two ambulances, one carrying two of the school children and the other carrying the driver of the truck, left the scene to Meridian emergency rooms that were alerted of the accident and awaiting patients.

    Ed Mosley, assistant superintendent of the Lauderdale County School District, said there about 20 students on the bus at the time of the accident.

    "We are trying to make sure the children are OK physically to leave with their parents and if there are any that are left we will load them onto this other bus we have brought in," Mosley said. "We have two that are going to the hospital and I'm going to leave here and go to be with them and their parents."

    Mosley said the school district would not investigate the accident but would instead rely on crash investigators with the MHP to determine the cause of the wreck.