ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 5:48 p.m.) All 13 students injured in this morning’s school bus crash have been released from St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
As she went from child to child checking the wounded, Emergency Room Dr. Kimberly Qualye was surprised at how minor the injuries were.
“I think the buses are very very sturdy and big, and as long as they don’t topple over and roll, or … have a huge impact directly to the side or to the front or back of the bus, they tend to keep the children very safe,” she says.
Quayle says most of the injuries were mainly lacerations — a few needing stitches — and bumps and bruises.
The students range in grade from kindergarten through fifth, and all were heading to Hanna Elementary School in the Parkway School District.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
Authorities say 14 children and a bus driver are injured after a school bus swerved to avoid an accident, drove over a guardrail and down a steep embankment near St. Louis.
The school bus ran off the highway and into the embankment at Interstate 44 and Lindbergh about 8 a.m. today.
The bus was coming from the city to Hanna Woods Elementary School in the Parkway School District.
All the children have been taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for evaluations, but no serious injuries have been reported.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Abby Wuellner says all 14 children are being evaluated but that none of their injuries appears to be life-threatening.
The bus driver was taken to a different hospital, and is hospitalized with moderate injuries.
Witnesses report an erratic driver swerved toward the bus, which went off the road trying to avoid an accident.
One child was ejected from through an emergency door on the bus, and the bus driver was trapped inside for several minutes, but both are in stable condition.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said the bus driver’s ability to keep the bus from tipping over as it rolled down the bumpy, grassy ravine may have saved lives.
“If it would have flipped over there would have been a lot more injuries or even worse,” Nothum said.
Several bystanders stopped to help the children, comforting them until first responders arrived.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.