Children injured in school bus accident remain in intensive care - KOTA Territory News

Children injured in school bus accident remain in intensive care

Posted: Updated: Sep 26, 2013 10:17 AM
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UPDATE Friday 12:00 pm

The investigation continues into an accident on Rapid City's outskirts that involved a school bus.
The SD Highway Patrol has taken the lead in the investigation.

So far, we know that the 17-year-old driver of the SUV was cited for careless driving and for an expired license plate.

The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Country Road and Elk Horn Road.  The bus was picking up students when it was struck by the SUV, which then spun around and hit two kids walking across the street to board the bus.

A 7-year-old girl remains in intensive care. A 10-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the suv received minor injuries.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be contributing factors.


UPDATE Thursday 10:19 a.m. The little girl who had life threatening injuries is expected to pull through.  Doctors no longer believe her injuries are life threatening, although they are still very serious.

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First responders rushed to the scene of an accident on Country Road involving a school bus and an SUV driven by a teen Thursday morning.

According to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, children were crossing the street to get on their bus when an SUV hit bus head on and then spun around and hit the kids.  One of the students hit has life threatening injuries.  The other student hit has serious but non-life threatening injuries.  One student on the bus has minor injuries and the 17-year-old driver of the SUV has minor injuries.  All four were taken to the hospital.

Country Road was closed down for more than an hour Thursday morning while first responders cleaned up the scene, notified parents and loaded children on the crashed bus to a different bus.  All of the parents with children on the bus have been notified. 

Law enforcement say the driver of the SUV was going too fast, but there is not any information as to why he crashed into the kids and the bus.  The investigation is ongoing and we will have more on this story as it becomes available.

Many of the students on the bus go to Knollwood Elementary School in Rapid City.


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