Field trip cut short after bus collision
A field trip was cut short for Batesville eighth-and ninth-graders this morning when the two buses transporting them were in a wreck near McCain Mall in Little Rock.
Fifteen-year-old Kassey Crawford said the bus she was riding in rear-ended the first one.
Crawford, who was sitting on the front seat of the second bus, said she was watching when the impact occurred.
The moment after the impact happened, she sent a text to her mom saying she had been in an accident.
The day trip was intended for the students to meet with Gov. Mike Beebe and tour the state Capitol.
State police and ambulances were soon on hand, with some of the injured students being transported, although none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
“We think one might have a broke nose and another had severe whiplash,” she said.
While Crawford was talking with the Guard, background conversations could be heard with excited students chattering and someone saying they would be moving the buses from the accident site to the nearby parking lot.
Crawford said the two buses were still running but the back glass was broken out from the impact of the second and the windshield was shattered in the second one.
While officials were trying to move the buses more glass shattered and there was also smoke coming from at least one of the buses, so students were being taken off-site for safety reasons.
Officials at the scene near the McCain exit on Highway 67/167 confirmed four people were taken to the hospital, but Batesville School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison told the Guard at about 9:15 a.m. he did not know how many were hurt or the extent of those injuries.
He also did not know how many students were on board the two buses.
“Jason Erwin, our assistant transportation supervisor, is headed that way with another bus and driver,” Willison said.