LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -
Six Lewis County C-1 students are still recovering in the hospital after a school bus rollover Tuesday afternoon near Ewing, Missouri.
Five kids remain in "good condition" at Blessing Hospital, according to spokesperson Steve Felde. One kid remains in "satisfactory condition" at St. Louis Children's Hospital, according to spokesperson Abbey Wuellner.
The driver of the bus, John Logan, has also been treated and released from Blessing Hospital, according to the school district. The district says a total of 30 kids were on board the bus, with four of those kids being released to their parents without receiving medical attention.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident happened at the intersection of Highway C and Juniper Avenue around 3:30 p.m., when the bus was traveling eastbound on Highway C. Troopers say the bus ran off the right side of the road, then Logan over corrected and the bus ran off the left side of the road causing the bus to overturn in a ditch.
Sgt. Brent Bernhardt says a member of Missouri State Highway Patrol's "Major Crash Team" was at the scene of the crash to investigate. Bernhardt says it could weeks before the results are back.
Felde says the hospital was in "Code Yellow," Tuesday afternoon, which means multiple injuries were on the way, with all hospital personnel required to be on standby.
"We're very much prepared for this type of event, we practice it all the time," said Brad Billings, Blessing Health System CEO, on WGEM News at Six. "The patients that are coming in are being immediately addressed by physicians and other personnel. Family members that are coming in are being escorted to an area where they can congregate and get information on what's going on."
"Once we get the notice and the code yellow goes out, people begin to assemble, and every individual has a job," Billings said. "We have a command center, and in that command center, a lot of the information we get is gathered and information about what needs to happen is communicated."
The Blessing Hospital auditorium was set up for parents with counselors and a chaplain available. Hannibal Regional Hospital Spokesperson Robin Doyle says two children were brought into the emergency room with minor injuries. The Highway Patrol later reported three children were taken to HRH.
Dennis Hedges has two grandchildren who usually ride the bus from school, but Tuesday they found another way home. Hedges still went to the command post and to the crash site and said it was an emotional time for those involved.
"There was a lot of crying and very upset people not knowing what was going on," he said.
At the command post, Hedges said it wasn't any different.
"The parents were trying to get a headcount on the children and didn't know who was or wasn't in the accident. The parents weren't standing back and waiting. They were grabbing their children, and I don't blame them," he said.
Hedges is thankful it wasn't worse.
"With the way the bus looks, I was thankful that someone wasn't killed. There was a big concern about that. Once I came over the hill and saw some children sitting on the side of the road, it was a great relief to see that some weren't hurt," Hedges said.
Students can pick up their personal belongings Wednesday at the school. Parents can contact the school office for more information.
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