Students and driver of overturned school bus taken to local hospitals with injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Students and a bus driver of an overturned school bus carrying 6th grade students to a class trip are recovering at local hospitals tonight.

Four students and the bus driver were taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital in Johnson County and all are in stable condition, including 6th grader Mariah Connor.

Her family was panicked when they rushed into the ER at Overland Park Regional. They found Mariah mainly has bumps and bruises.

When they asked Mariah what happened, she told them she couldn't remember. She just said she was scared.

Her family says so was the child's mother when she first got the news.

"I was packing up and I was supposed to be leaving for school tomorrow," Mariah's sister Brittany said.

"I come home from school and I come around the corner and she was on the phone and she was crying, she's hysterical and seeing the sight made so much worse," her cousin Simone Grantham said.

They say Mariah will be okay. The hospital says everyone is in stable condition. They say she is mostly upset she won't be able to attend the camp trip the students were headed to.

Nine people total were taken to the University of Kansas Hospital, three of which will be kept overnight so doctors can monitor their injuries. The others have been released.

One patient suffered a head injury and a possible spine injury; another had a leg injury. Others with concussions, bruises and minor scratches will be discharged tonight.

"As professionals everyone tries to do their jobs, but inside, especially those of us who have children, I think we become overly concerned and it just makes it that much more heartbreaking to see that child crying," KU Hospital Nurse Manager Clint Ball said.

Five others were taken to Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., with minor injuries.

Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., took four patients total.

One of the first responders on the scene of the accident, Johnson County Med-Act Battalion Chief Mike Woolery joined a number of departments to rescue the students hurt.

He said their priority was to calmly assess the injuries as fast as possible.

"I was assigned to the triage section. So you sort out the patients, determine the severity of their injuries and determine who needs to b e transported at priority," Woolery said.

Doctors are being extremely cautious when treating the young victims, but all are expected to make a full recovery.

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