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Man charged with DWI after allegedly hitting Grandview bus, sending 8 students to hospital

Posted: 2:21 PM, May 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-14 19:24:52Z
Man charged with DWI after allegedly hitting Grandview bus, sending 8 students to hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is facing charges after allegedly hitting a Grandview school bus, sending several students to the hospital and fleeing the scene Saturday evening. 

Coley Gene Waters is charged with driving while intoxicated, two counts of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a motor vehicle in a careless manner.

Officials say a minivan struck the bus at NW 50 Highway and NW Route Z outside of Lee's Summit around 7:25 p.m. Saturday. The driver allegedly fled the scene on foot. 

Waters was picked up by police a short time later. He was brought back to the scene and placed under arrest.

Eight people were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and released. 

Students on the bus described the terrifying moments after the crash to 41 Action News.  

“All I remember is tires screeching and us being in the air and everything was going in slow motion,” said Rashad Buckles, a junior at Grandview High School.

The team was on their way back from a track meet when the van smashed into the side of the bus.

“I watched the van hit us and I just grabbed onto the seat and we were rolling. I was just wondering, am I about to die?” said Rodrick Smith, a junior on the track team.

Waters's bond is set at $50,000.

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