Neighbors react to KOTA Territory school bus accident - KOTA Territory News

Neighbors react to KOTA Territory school bus accident


"My initial reaction was I thought she was dead, it just made me sick to my stomach," said Cort Wright, who lives across the street from the site of the accident.

Wright awoke this morning to screeching tires and a loud bang, upon stepping outside he witnessed something no one should ever be exposed to.

"She was lying under there (the bus) just still," said Wright. "I thought she was dead, I really did, she wasn't moving and then she finally did. After quite a long time she finally came too. I think she could have possibly been knocked out. Then she started hollering, she was in a lot of pain."

At 7:27 a.m. a Rapid City school bus stopped at the intersection of Country Road and Elk Horn  to pick up students on the way to school. A vehicle traveling the opposite direction collided with the bus,which struck two children,both of whom were transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, was also taken to the hospital.

"Law enforcement arrived on the scene and we found a bus that had approximately 25 students still inside and a couple of other students on the ground out there," said Captain Jay Evenson, with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

While law enforcement officials say alcohol does not seem to be the cause, they're still investigating to find out what caused the car to hit the bus.

But Wright has his own theory.

"Because they're going 60 mph past here all the time and they don't care about the speed limit," said Wright. "Somebody is going to get killed."

Wright believes something needs to be done before that happens.

"Slow them down to 50 mph or whatever it may be so people pay more attention," said Wright. "I hope it doesn't take a kid to die for them to do that."

The Rapid City School system will have counselors available throughout the week to help students and parents.

The driver, who was 17, was cited for careless driving.

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