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JCPS bus involved in minor collision

JCPS bus involved in minor collision

September 25th, 2018 by Phillip Sitter in News

The Missouri Highway Patrol, Jefferson City Police Department and Cole County EMS were called to U.S. 50 and Henwick Lane on Monday after a Jefferson City Public Schools bus and a Jeep were involved in a two-vehicle crash.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

A Pioneer Trail Elementary School student was treated for minor injuries Monday afternoon after a collision between a school bus and an SUV.

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Bus No. 71 was taking students home from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Pioneer Trail and had six students on board when its rear end was clipped by a Jeep as the bus was crossing U.S. 50 and approaching Henwick Lane, according to information released by Jefferson City Public Schools.

One student was treated at the scene for a bitten lip, but no stitches were required, according to JCPS. The student was 7-years-old and was released at the scene, according to the crash report from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at approximately 4:10 p.m., according to the report.

Carissa R. Davis, 26, of Centertown, was driving the school bus, and Kimberly L. Standiford, also 26, of California, was the driver of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee.

The Patrol's report says that westbound Standiford attempted to avoid the northbound bus as it attempted to cross U.S. 50.

The Jeep was totaled, but Standiford, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

The damage to the bus was classified by the Patrol as moderate. Davis was wearing a seatbelt. She was not injured, and no other students were hurt.

The student who was injured was not wearing a seatbelt, but many school buses do not have them installed and instead utilize other safety features such as the size of the bus and the design of children's seats.

Cole County EMS also responded to the crash and treated the injured student, according to JCPS.

As of about 5:40 p.m., JCPS Director of Communications Ryan Burns said parents of the students on board at the time of the accident had all been notified.