MANKATO, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a fifth-grade student has died after a school SUV crashed and rolled east of Mankato Friday morning.
Around 7:30 a.m., a Rock Hills USD 107 Chevrolet Suburban was picking up students on the regular school route. It was headed north on Randall Road with a driver and five students.
Troopers say the SUV was about a mile south of U.S. Highway 36 when it entered the east ditch. It traveled through the ditch before getting back on the road. The KHP says that when it got back on the road, the SUV swerved and overturned. It came to rest on its top in the west ditch.
KHP Trooper Ben Gardner said the fifth-grader died, and “all others are OK.” The vehicle contained one adult and five juveniles.
Family members have been notified, but the KHP has not released the victim’s name.
“The Kansas Highway Patrol is MOST concerned with providing SUPPORT and CLARITY to those directly involved,” Gardner said in a post on social media.
The KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team responded to assist with the investigation.
By late Friday afternoon, the KHP listed the driver as a 43-year-old woman. She was taken to the hospital for a possible minor injury.
The updated KHP report said the juvenile records are protected and will not be released.
USD 107 Rock Hills released a statement Friday evening:
On Friday, one of our fifth-grade students died in a rollover accident while traveling in a school district suburban. We are heartbroken over this news and are doing all we can to help the students, staff and families in this painful and difficult time.”Rex Boley, USD 107 superintendent