UPDATE: MAY 13, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - The Grandview School District says all students and staff involved in the accident are safe. All those transported were treated and released with minimal injuries.
Counseling support will be available to students on Monday if needed.
KINGSVILLE, Mo. -- Several Grandview students were rushed to the hospital Saturday evening after the school bus they were on was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, troopers were called to the scene at NW 50 Highway and NW Route Z around 7:25 p.m.
In a tweet, the Highway Patrol says a minivan struck the bus and the driver fled the scene on foot.
Eight people were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the van was found by Bates City police and brought back to the scene, where he was placed under arrest for DWI.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the @GrandviewCSD4 school bus has been arrested for suspected DWI. All injuries are non-life threatening.
— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) May 13, 2018
Westbound lanes at 50 Hwy. remained closed as the crash was investigated.
The Grandview School District sent out a statement following the incident: