On Friday afternoon, the Douglass superintendent released a statement on the bus wreck.
Here is the following:
Dear Parents and District Patrons,
First and foremost, I want to let everyone know how thankful I am that our children and driver are safe. As you have already heard, at about 4:01pm yesterday afternoon, there was an accident at a low water crossing, approximately 2 miles north of 210 on Hopkins Switch. The bus was swept off the road and came to rest on its side in approximately two and a half feet of rushing water. The children used the escape hatch and windows to climb to safety on top of the bus. The kids were amazing and they and the driver helped and consoled each other. The driver was sent to the hospital and is recovering. All ten children were rescued, reunited with their parents and doing well. All of the responders were outstanding, and we certainly appreciate their efforts. The students involved will be monitored closely, and our school counselors will be available to talk to the students involved as well as any other students who are upset by this event.
I am sure that over the next several days there will be questions and rumors that develop about this incident. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be conducting an investigation into the events surrounding this accident. The School District will respond to the information gathered through the investigation process.
The school district will continue to keep you updated as information comes available. We are very grateful that our children and driver are safe!
Douglass Superintendent of Schools
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