KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two children and two adults were injured in a school bus crash in Kansas City, Kan., early Thursday evening.
The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on the 3800 block of Leavenworth Road. According to police, it involved an activities bus from Eisenhower Middle School, a minivan and a car.
Witnesses say the bus was in the middle of making a left turn when the car slammed into the side of the bus. The collision pushed the bus into the opposite lane, which then slammed head-on into the minivan.
Becky Ryan was driving the minivan. She and her grandson, who was in the back seat, were uninjured, but her friend Marvin Brantley, who was in the front passenger seat, immediately starting complaining of pain.
"I said 'Oh my gosh, there are kids on that bus,'" Ryan said. "So (Brantley) jumped out of the car."
Despite suffering from chest and neck pain, Brantley ran to help. As he approached the bus and car, he noticed the driver who caused the crash was in worse shape than the kids.
"I ran and opened the door and saw that he was bleeding," Brantley said. "I asked some guys to help me. I was trying to pull him out the car then noticed the car was on fire."
Fearful of the car exploding, Brantley said he had to work quickly.
Meanwhile, he says the bus driver had evacuated about 20 kids from the back door of the bus. The bus driver then grabbed a fire extinguisher and put the fire out while Brantley pulled the man inside the burning car to safety.
"It was just instinct," Brantley said. "I just saw someone in trouble."
Brantley was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Two students were also transported with minor injuries.
Parents of the uninjured students were able to pick up their children on the scene.