Grandview school bus full of students hit by suspected drunk driver

Posted at 9:35 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 13:19:31-04

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. 



Westbound lanes at 50 Hwy. remained closed as the crash was investigated. 

The Grandview School District sent out a statement following the incident: 

"The Grandview School District can confirm that one of our school buses was involved in an accident Saturday evening just outside of Lee’s Summit. The bus was traveling from a district track meet. 
Safety of our students and staff is always our priority. We are grateful that initial reports are that none of our students or staff suffered serious injuries. 
Several of our students that have suffered minor injuries have been transported to nearby hospitals. 
The accident is currently under investigation which is being conducted by the Missouri Highway Patrol."