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School Bus Turns Over With Kids Inside: Deputies Upset About How It Was Handled

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By: Sabrina Ahmed
SAhmed@klkntv.com 

A school bus carrying seven kids tips over in Johnson County.  One deputy is angry about how the situation is being handled.

729 Road is a dirt road in Johnson County.  It doesn't have very solid ground, so when a Freeman school bus drove along it, the driver lost control.

The bus then tipped off the three foot ditch and ended up on its side.  There were seven kids inside.

Johnson County Deputy Randall Muhm said this low maintenance road shouldn't have had a bus on it to begin with.

"I asked the bus driver why he chose to go down that particular road, and he said he was just trying to save some time," Deputy Muhm said.

Freeman School Superintendent, Randy Page, said this was a road the driver has taken before, but it's not one they use every day.

Used or not, Deputy Muhm said he should have been called sooner – he wasn't notified until an hour after the crash.

Page said he had made initial contact with the wrong county.

Another mistake the school made?  The person who called in the accident denied medical assistance.

"I think we didn't follow the policy properly yesterday," Page said.  "Part of our protocol in any accident, emergency medical services should have been contacted."

Another part of Deputy Muhm's frustration - when he arrived on scene, everyone was gone.

Students on the bus were taken home by another parent.  The volunteer driver was able to make contact with all the parents, but some families didn't talk to school officials until 9 o'clock that night.

"I've been thinking about it all night—I still don't understand why that was done the way they did it—I've never seen that done before," Deputy Muhm said.

"I think we would always like to get that done as quickly as possible—I think we tried to do the best we could in a difficult situation," Page said.

Both Deputy Muhm and the superintendent are just thankful no one was seriously hurt.  Two children were taken to the hospital later that night.  They were treated and released.

The bus driver faces possible charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

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