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Number hurt after school bus overturns in Kansas grows to 27


February 14, 2020

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The number of children hurt when a bus overturned on a slush-covered Kansas highway has climbed to 27.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the injury count increased Thursday based on a more detailed report by the Kansas Highway Patrol. It also said that one of the injured included an 11-year-old boy who sustained a suspected serious injuries.

Early reports from state troopers and Wichita Public Schools about Wednesday's crash said 17 were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the bus skidded off the side of the Kansas Turnpike about 14 miles (22.53 kilometers) south of Emporia. The bus had been transporting more than 30 fifth-graders from Park Elementary School near downtown Wichita to the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka for a field trip.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said students who weren't transported from the scene by paramedics were taken to a high school. While there, officials realized some of those students also were hurt and took them to a hospital.

Highway patrol Capt. John Lehnherr said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

"Obviously, weather was a contributing factor," he said. "There was slushy roads and it was snowing very heavy at the time."


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