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UPDATE: Highway Patrol lists injured in School for the Deaf bus crash

UPDATE: Highway Patrol lists injured in School for the Deaf bus crash

August 2nd, 2013 by in News

A tow truck pulls a charter bus from a ditch near Danville, about 20 miles east of Kingdom City, Friday afternoon. While driving on a ramp for I-70 eastbound the bus went off the road and tipped onto its side. Bus passengers included students from the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton.

Photo by Kevin M. Smith

UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released its initial crash report of this incident online, which lists the 17 passengers onboard the bus, its driver and the severity of their injuries, classifying all as minor.

The patrol identified the following male passengers, all from St. Louis: Noe Garcia, 16; Micheal A. Hill, 18; Jeffery K. Porter, 16; Stequan Scott, 14; Lamont Smith, 15; Trey Thornton, 17; Damar Washington, 11; and Mikal Meriweather, age unknown.

Other male passengers were: Hezeki M. Smoot, 10, Cape Girardeau; Jesse G. Schmidt, 22, Mexico, Mo.; and Joshua D. Vaughn, 18, Florissant.

The bus driver was identified as Wint E. Smith, 72, Sedalia.

The patrol listed the following female passengers, all from St. Louis: Delanzia D. Hayes, 13; Joyla Ingram, 17; and Azara Macker, 17.

Other female passengers were: Cristin M. Kohl, 11, Marquand, Mo.; Madonna M. Moore, 14, Springfield, Mo.; and Kimberly J. Peterson, 33, Fulton.

All of the injured occupants were taken to University Hospital in Columbia following the crash.

Access the MSHP report here.

Posted at 3:18 p.m. Friday:

Several people were injured Friday when a charter bus carrying Missouri School for the Deaf students overturned near the eastern Missouri community of Danville, officials said.

Sarah Potter, communications director with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the bus was transporting between 15-17 students, two chaperones and a driver when it wrecked around 1:30 p.m. exiting Interstate 70 at the Danville exit in Montgomery County.

Potter said that "as far as we know these are minor injuries, but they are being looked at in the ER" at University Hospital in Columbia.

"This was a routine transport," Potter said. "Students were heading home after their extended school year for summer school. These are students who come from all over the state so we get a charter bus to take them home to different areas in the state."

The cause of the accident was not immediately known Friday afternoon, but DESE officials confirmed the bus was involved in a one-vehicle accident.

The ages of the students were not immediately known, but the majority were in high school with some in middle and elementary schools. Potter said MSD Superintendent Barb Garrison and other staff immediately went to the hospital in order to help with communication between hospital staff and students.

Missouri School for the Deaf is located in Fulton and instructs deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all over the state. The students involved were scheduled to stop at several eastern Missouri locations including St. Charles, St. Louis, Arnold, Sikeston and Cape Girardeau.

Potter said DESE had notified parents and were in the process of making transportation arrangements Friday afternoon.