Nearly two dozen students sustained minor injuries in a crash that involved a school bus and a Ford Fusion Wednesday afternoon near Dunbar in Otoe County.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a westbound Ford Fusion was attempting to turn from Highway 2 onto southbound Highway 67, near Dunbar, when it struck a Nebraska City Public Schools bus traveling eastbound on Highway 2. The bus was transporting 38 fourth-graders and four adults.
Our media partner News Channel Nebraska said Tom Mead was driving the Hayward Elementary School students back to Nebraska City after a field trip to the State Capitol.
Mead said, “I was headed east with a busload of kids and a lady made a left-hand turn in front of me. It was so quick I didn’t have time to touch the brakes.”
Mead said he didn’t know how far the drop off would be in a ravine a little further to the east. That ravine Mead was worried about feeds the North Branch of the Little Nemaha River.
“I was lucky enough to turn it. I don’t know about slowing it down. I think the bank is probably what stopped me. I was more concerned about the safety of the kids.”
Two additional buses were traveling with the first bus. Those buses picked up the children and adults and transported all 42 people to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City. Twenty-one of the children were triaged as injured. All of the injuries are considered to be minor. 17 of the children and all four adults were uninjured.
The driver of the Ford Fusion, an adult female, was transported to the hospital in Syracuse with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
The bus, owned by Mid-States School Bus, Inc., stopped about 40 yards from the point of impact.