MERIDIAN — School bus accident sends four to ER
By Brian Livingston
Four children were transported to a Meridian hospital emergency room Monday afternoon for observation after suffering some bumps and bruises as a result of the school bus they were riding in running off the side of the road.
Bailey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Chief Stanley Lucky said the four children should be OK and that the trip to the hospital was for precautionary measures.
"The other children were just mostly scared," Lucky said from the scene on Masonic Lodge Road just off Highway 495. "Some of the parents are here to pick up their child while some of the other children will be taken back to the after school daycare for their parents to pick up."
At about 3:15 p.m., the bus carrying about 25 children ranging from kindergarten age through the fourth grade, slid off the side of Masonic Lodge Road shortly after it turned from Highway 495. The bus traveled down the ditch until it hit a culvert which launched the bus over the driveway of the lodge. The bus landed on the opposite side of the culvert and hit a tree.
Authorities at the scene noted the bus driver, whose name was not released, had just moved the children to the front of the bus for safety reasons. Authorities speculated more children may have been hurt had she not done that.
"The back wheels hit the culvert hard," said one official. "If the children had been sitting on that axle I believe the injuries would have been worse."
Lucky said of the four children who were transported, there were at least two who wore neck braces for precautionary measures. But all of the children transported were talking with their parents and emergency personnel.
Lucky said he was pleasantly surprised with the response of emergency teams and especially from officials from the elementary school.
"When I arrived on the scene just a couple minutes after being notified, I saw the school officials had already separated the children who needed medical attention from those who were just scared," Lucky said. "That helped us to get attention to those who needed it quicker. I was impressed, to say the least."