A school bus, carrying dozens of children, collided with an SUV this morning in southeast Iowa. Nicole Baker, transportation director for the Fort Madison Community School District, says the bus was carrying 39 students.
None of them were seriously injured. “One of the students later complained of a sore arm. They paid attention to her during the day at school and the parents will get back to me if something develops out of that,” Baker said. “The bus driver, about an hour after the accident, started to not feel well. She had a headache and her shoulder hurt, so she went to the hospital to get it checked out.”
The driver of the SUV was cited for not having car insurance and could face more charges. “It appeared the automobile driver ran the stop sign and the school bus was unable to stop or avoid the accident,” Baker said. The crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. The bus was carrying K-through-6th grade students who were bound for Holy Trinity Elementary School.
Baker said the students boarded another bus and continued to school. This week is National School Bus Safety Week, so students in the Fort Madison district having been taking part in bus evacuation drills.