Several people received minor injuries Wednesday when a school bus overturned south of Emporia.
Susan Arensman, a spokesperson from Wichita Public Schools, told The Weather Channel — which relayed the information to The Gazette via email — that the bus was transporting fifth-graders from Park Elementary in Wichita. It was en route to Topeka on a field trip. There were 36 students on the bus and four adults — two teachers a chaperone and the bus driver, none of whom were injured.
She told The Weather Channel that 17 children were transported to Newman Regional Health in Emporia with minor injuries. Parents of the students were notified.
The wreck occurred at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday near mile-marker 112.6 on the Kansas Turnpike — about 15 miles south of Emporia.
Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Dave Hundley said the bus was traveling on slushy roadway and overturned onto its side in the east ditch. He told The Weather Channel that the area was receiving moderate snow, but it wasn’t clear exactly what happened.
Hundley said 16 EMS units were on scene. Non-injured students were taken to Emporia High School.
Assisting the Kansas Highway Patrol at the scene were the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Emporia Fire and EMS, Butler County EMS, LifeSave EMS, USD 253, Williams Automotive, CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness and Lyon County Emergency Communications.
“The (Lyon County) Sheriff’s Office thanks those agencies that responded to the scene to assist, and was extremely proud of how well all agencies worked well together,” Lyon County Detective Sergeant Jacob Welsh said.
According to Welsh, the wreck was one of 28 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to between 7:15 a.m. and noon Wednesday. Twenty five of those accidents involved vehicles that slid into the ditch and did not have damage to report. Two were non-injury crashes.
“We want to take this opportunity to remind all citizens in Lyon County to be aware of changing road conditions and take your time while traveling the different routes,” Welsh said. “The Lyon County Highway Department and the Kansas Department of Transportation (have) been working diligently to clear roads. As temperatures continue to decline this evening, remember to use caution when traveling home.”
Welsh added a reminder to wear a seatbelt, use headlights and proceed with caution during winter weather.