Five Bayard Public Schools students were treated and released from Regional West after a Wednesday afternoon school bus accident.
The Nebraska State Patrol said the accident was reported around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 26, about two miles north of Bayard.
Trooper Brandon Buhlke says a loaded school bus was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old female while it was stopped letting a student off the bus.
Three passengers in the school bus, the driver of the car and her 12-year-old sister were all transported to Regional West. Trooper Buhlke says the injuries involved the kid’s neck, back, heads, legs, “pretty much all over.”
AirLink was dispatched shortly after 4 p.m., and flew the driver to the hospital. Two 12-year-olds were taken by ambulance, while two other children on the bus were transported to the hospital by their parents.
Bayard Public Schools Superintendent Travis Miller told KNEB News that all five children were Bayard students, and were treated and released from the hospital by Wednesday evening.
“We had an incredible amount of support on the scene of the incident,” Miller said. “From the fire, rescue, and law enforcement crews to Good Samaritans and parents, it was a trenendous response. We are very grateful for the support and care our students received.”
A portion of Highway 26 was closed to traffic as crews worked to clear the scene. Names are not being released due to the ages of those involved.
Trooper Buhlke adds that earlier in the day, the bus driver complained about cars passing it while it was stopped to pick up children. He wants to advise the public that when a school bus is stopped and has its lights flashing, it is unlawful to pass the bus on either side.