2 Students Recovering After School Bus Crash In Rural Canadian County

Tuesday, September 28th 2021, 6:39 pm
By: Ashley Holden


Two students are recovering after a crash involving a Maple School District bus in rural Canadian County

News 9 has learned more details about the school bus crash that caused a student to be airlifted to a local hospital.

It also badly damaged a bus used by the Maple School District in Canadian County.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the crash happened in rural Canadian County on a gravel road. The district said the bus driver was about halfway through his daily route.

"The driver stated that he looked down for a second and when he looked up, his wheels were already going into the grass," said OHP Public Information Officer Eric Foster.

Crews responded to the scene just before 5 p.m. on Monday.

Troopers said seats were removed to help get an injured child out safely, the 13-year-old boy was taken by a medical helicopter to OU Health.

"One of the children did have some injuries to the lower extremities," said Foster. "Because it was kind of way out and it was a pretty good break they were airlifted."

Thankfully troopers said the child was doing well. The district said he was one of 12 total students on the bus.

The Maple School District also said all of the kids were checked out by paramedics, and parents took one other student to the hospital.

Administrators said both students are expected to make a full recovery.

Troopers are now warning people to be aware of the type of roadways they are driving on.

"On these county roads you just have to maintain your speed. The type of roadway that you're on can be dangerous sometimes," said Foster.

The driver was uninjured, but troopers said he was upset after the accident.

"Obviously when you have care of the children and you get in a crash like that it's not a good day, and he's upset by it," said Foster.

The school district said counseling services are available if needed.