Seven students on a Climax Springs R-IV school bus involved in an accident around 7 a.m. Friday morning appeared to be ok at the scene outside of some minor cuts and scraps, according to Superintendent Michael Diekmann. After being checked out by medics at the scene, six of the seven were transported to Lake Regional Hospital for observation as a precaution, he said.
The seventh student went to the hospital with his dad to be with a younger sibling. Diekmann also sent Vice Principal Nancy Colley to the hospital to be with the students and to keep the school appraised of their condition. All parents of the students involved have been notified.
Multiple emergency service agencies responded to the scene on Route FF at Boyler's Mill Circle, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol which is investigating the accident.
No details on the investigation of the single vehicle accident have been released by the Highway Patrol at this time.
According to Diekmann, the bus driver reported that the road seemed fine going up a hill on Route FF this morning but on coming back down the hill claimed to have hit black ice, causing the bus to slide off the road. As the bus went off the road, the driver said the bus tipped over on its right side coming to rest on a tree, Diekmann said.
In addition to the driver and students, a substitute driver in training was also on the bus.
There were some communication issues reporting the incident due to the accident breaking the radio antenna and problems getting a cell phone signal at the scene, according to Diekmann.
The Camden County Sheriff's Office reported that the incident call came in at 7:16 a.m. By 9:50 a.m., the scene was almost cleared with a tow truck arriving to haul the bus away.
Diekmann said he will likely meet with the transportation director and principal this afternoon to review the incident and procedures. They are also waiting on the completion of the investigation by the Highway Patrol.