LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -
Court records reveal a misdemeanor traffic citation was issued for the Lewis County C-1 bus driver involved in the April crash that sent several children to the hospital.
John Logan, 62, is charged with improper lane usage resulting in an accident. The citation was filed Monday in the Lewis County Circuit Clerk's office.
Missouri State Highway Patrol forwarded the investigation to the agency's crash reconstruction team based in St. Louis.
According to the final report, the bus was eastbound on Route C at approximately 3:32 p.m. on April 1 when a student walked to the front of the bus and said she was going to vomit. As Logan bent over to slide the trash can to the student, the front right tire dropped off the roadway. Logan tried to correct the bus but over-steered, causing the bus to slide down an embankment off the north side of the road and roll on its top.
The student who was sick was ejected from the bus.
The report says there was no indication Logan was speeding and rules pertaining to distracting the bus driver were posted appropriately. Also, an inspection of the bus didn't reveal any mechanical problems with the steering or brakes.
The report does conclude, however, that Logan was at fault.
"Although the child who approached the driver may have broken the rules of the bus and distracted the driver, that does not relieve the driver of the responsibility for remaining focused on driving the bus," the report states.
A total of 29 students were on the bus when the crash occurred and had injuries ranging from minor to severe.
Logan did not receive any disciplinary action from the school district.