Two dead in accident involving school bus carrying 50 students near Warrensburg
41 Action News Staff , Garrett Haake
4:04 PM, Oct 15, 2013
4:46 AM, Oct 16, 2013
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - Two people driving in a minivan have died after an accident involved a school bus near Warrensburg, Mo.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 34-year-old Dustin Frisbee of Knob Noster, Mo., with passenger Andrew Horning, 20, of Leeton, Mo. The two were pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash happened on eastbound Highway 50 at northwest 271 Road as the bus was making a right turn.
Missouri Highway Patrol said the SUV hit the rear of the bus sending both vehicles off the road. Investigators said the bus did have its turn signal on at the time of the crash and they are not sure what caused the accident.
There are no reports of any serious injuries among the 50 students on the Crest Ridge R-VII School District bus from Centerview, Mo.
"I just felt glass flying and hitting my back, the back of my head," sophomore Karli Conard said.
Conard said she looked out the window and saw the minivan on fire underneath the bus.
The bus driver first said it was policy to stay on the bus, but once they realized the other vehicle was on fire, instructed students to get off the bus.
A total of 12 children were taken to the hospital, all of whom are said to have very minor injuries. Ten students were taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg and two were sent to the hospital in Lee's Summit.
"Fifty children on a bus is a lot and they're our most precious cargo," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stoesberg said.
Skytracker showed the was scene covered by a tarp with what appeared to be the minivan almost completely wedged underneath the bus.