Bus carrying Missouri School for the Deaf students overturns
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - An accident involving an overturned charter bus carrying students from the Missouri School for the Deaf has closed all lanes on eastbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 170 in Montgomery County between Fulton and Warrenton.
There were 18 people on the bus at the time of the accident: 15 students, two chaperones and the driver.
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Patients are being transported to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. A spokesperson for the hospital said 15 students and the 72-year-old driver are being treated there for non-life threatening injuries.
The worst of the injuries? One of the children had her front two teeth knocked out in the wreck.
The students were returning home from summer camp at the School for the Deaf. The bus was scheduled to stop at several locations in the eastern part of the state where parents would be waiting to pick up their children. Stops included St. Charles, St. Louis, Arnold, Sikeston and Cape Girardeau.
Authorities said the driver went through a stop sign on an off-ramp, which caused the bus to flip on its side. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The Missouri School for the Deaf is operated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Between 70 and 75 students are enrolled at the school each year. It was established in Fulton in 1851, making it the oldest school of its kind west of the Mississippi River.
The residential school serves grades K through 12; many of the students live there during the school year.
According to its website, the Missouri School for the Deaf also has a resource center that services more than 260 school districts throughout the state.